Know Your Numbers

ScreeningGoalWhy is this important?
Fasting Glucose
(blood sugar)
70 to 100 mg/dL

Elevated blood sugar is a marker of diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, nervous system damage and pregnancy complications.

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • HDL (good) cholesterol

    - males
    - females
200 or less
100 or less

40 or more
50 or more

High total or LDL cholesterol and/or low HDL cholesterol are key risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

Blood Pressure 120/80 or less

High blood pressure puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness.

Body Mass Index
between 18.5 and 24.9

Being overweight (BMI = 25 to 29) or obese (BMI = 30 or more) is linked to health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.


For additional information about the importance of knowing more about your numbers, and for a wallet card to record and carry your numbers with you, click here.

* To calculate your BMI:

  • Multiply your weight in pounds by 704.5.
  • Divide the result by your height in inches.
  • Divide that result by height in inches a second time.

Or, you can calculate your BMI online.

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