Health By The Numbers

Published December 12, 2007

Updated April 9, 2007 - Here is the Table of Healthy Numbers:

Test Result

Desirable

Needs Improvement

Significant Risk

Total cholesterol 1

less than 200 mg/dl*

200-239 mg/dl

over 240 mg/dl

LDL cholesterol 1

less than 100 mg/dl

100-159 mg/dl

over 159 mg/dl

HDL cholesterol 1

50-60 mg/dl *

40-50mg/dl

less than 40

Triglycerides (fasting) 1

less than 150 mg/dl

150 – 199 mg/dl

over 200 mg/dl

Hemoglobin A1c

(lab results can differ)

without diabetes: less than 6.5% 2

with diabetes 6.5%2 – 7% 3

7% - 8% 2

 

over 8% 2

 

fasting blood sugar 4 (glucose)

70 – 99 mg/dl

100 – 126 mg/dl = pre diabetes

over 126 mg/dl

systolic blood pressure 5

120 or below

120-139

over 140

diastolic blood pressure 5

80 or below

80-90

over 90

body mass index 6

18.5 – 24.9

Less than 18.5 and 25-29.9

over 30

waist circumference 7

less than 34.9 inches*

over 35 inches

 

Source
1. American Heart Association
2. American College of Endocrinology
3. American Diabetes Association
4. Web MD
5. National Institutes of Health
6. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Obesity Education Initiative
7. National Institutes of Health Weight-Control Information Network

* mg/dl (milligrams/deciliter) is the traditional unit for measuring bG (blood glucose). Ask you medical professional for a better explanation of what your numbers mean.

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Written by BET-Staff

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