There’s a lot of talk these days about personal responsibility. But when it comes to your health, what does that mean exactly?
According to “America’s Doctor” Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of the popular daytime show Dr. Oz, it means “you need to take responsibility for being the healthiest person you can be. ‘No one else is going to do it for you.’”
Oz says there are five personal health numbers everyone should know. These numbers help you to be your own health advocate and take charge of your life.
In adults 18 or older, the systolic pressure — the top number — should be 120 or less and the diastolic pressure — the bottom number — should be 80 or less, reports the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). If your systolic blood pressure is consistently 120 to 140 or higher, or your diastolic blood pressure is 90 or above, you are considered to have high blood pressure.
More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are currently overweight and one in three are obese .
For the average 5-foot 4-inch woman, the starting point for obesity is 175 pounds. The average man at 5 feet 9 inches is obese if he weighs 196 pounds or more.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a person’s weight is the primary health indicator that substantially increases your risk factor for:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Endometrial, breast, and colon cancers
- High blood pressure
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Sleeping problems
- Gynecological problems, including infertility
- Bone and joint problems
Losing 5-10 percent of your body weight can help improve your overall health and lower your risk of disease or a chronic condition.
The size of a person’s waist is one of the strongest predictors of heart disease and diabetes reports the Harvard School of Public Health.