The Numbers That Can Kill You
What are your numbers? was the question a medical doctor asked me on getting to the hospital for a check-up. I got elated (seeing she was a young pretty doctor) and I started calling out my mobile number to her. She could not help but laugh out loud(lol). That’s funny isn’t it? But it isn’t really.
There are probably many things you know but if you don’t know about these things the doctors call ‘your number’; first, you’re an ignoramus and secondly, the fact you don’t know them might probably get you killed.
Everyone (adults; above 18years of age) should know their ‘numbers’. Medical practitioners listed them as:
- blood pressure
- abdominal circumference
- blood sugar
- cholesterol level
You need to run series of medical test to have the knowledge of these things and probably have them at the tip of your fingers.
Everyone I believe should know their age. Now, every woman above 40years old and above should undergo what is called a Mammogram. It’s usually carried out on the interval of 2-3 years.
Self breast examination is also very important for every woman above the age of 16. The idea behind the examination is to observe any changes in the breast. It is best done two days after menstruation, because then the breast is less lumpy.
Every sexually active female should run a cervical screening against cervical cancer.
Men from 50 and above should run a prostrate screening against prostrate cancer.
This could be checked practically (DIY) by placing a tape rule on the abdomen and stretching it to the back.
The ideal abdominal circumference for a man is 120 and that of a woman is within 88-90.
If this is exceeded,probably due to obesity or a protruding tummy, there’s need to put that in check less it takes your life.
Hypertension is a case where the blood pressure is high, which could lead to death.
80-90% hypertension that occurs was not inherited but just occurred. Checking the blood pressure at least once a week is key to detection of the occurence of hypertension.
Normal blood pressure count should read 120/80 (Systol/diastol). Once it goes above 140/90, the patient is termed hypertensive and is placed on pills.
Hypertension destroys very important organs in the body like the kidney or liver.
BMI is the body mass index of an individual. It is used to relate weight to height. It is also known as Quetelet index.
The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of soft tissue mass (muscle plus fat) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value.
BMI is calculated with weight in Kg divided by height in metre square. The ideal BMI should fall between 18.5 – 25 and anything above that is called abnormal.
You will notice I did not write on blood sugar and cholesterol. That is basically because I think already know much about those two. After reading this post,I believe you know what to do next……go check your numbers out!. HAPPY NEW MONTH.