Five indicators according to Cigna should be monitored to enjoy good quality of life

 

 

 


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Regularly controlling the Body Mass Index (CMI), blood pressure, and glucose, cholesterol, or triglycerides levels is a key health pattern for early prevention and identification of pathologies such as obesity, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease (VSD)

With the arrival of a new year, more attention to health and well-being is one of the most recurring purposes in the population. Thus, many people intend to quit smoking, exercise more or follow a balanced diet. However, as part of this improvement in the lifestyle it is also important to carry more comprehensive control over some of the main health indicators: Body Mass Index, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol or triglycerides.

In this sense, the usual control of these indicators is a major investment in health and well-being, as it allows early prevention and identification of pathologies such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease (VSD). This practice, coupled with guidelines such as avoiding alcohol and tobacco, achieving a healthy weight, following an active lifestyle, opting for a healthy diet or avoiding stress, is an improvement in people's quality of life, both in the short and long term.

 

As indicated by Dr. María Sánchez, e-Health Medical Manager Cigna Spain“It is essential that the population become aware of the importance of prevention, as it is one of the main health interventions that they can undertake to improve the quality of life. This means that as part of the habits that help us to be healthy we have to include routine medical checks, as they are key to early detection of diseases.” For example, in the case of hypertension, the analysis may prevent early elevation of blood pressure, according to data from the National Institute on Aging1 .

To help with this start-of-year challenge, Cigna Spain has analyzed the five most important indicators to take into account in order to clarify some myths:

Blood pressure: To know if the blood pressure index is in the correct figure, two factors are fundamental: systolic pressure (the maximum pressure that is reached on the wall of the arteries in the contraction phase of the heart), and diastolic pressure (pressure of the arteries during the cardiac relaxation phase). Both will indicate whether there is a variation in blood pressure levels. A variation in these figures could be an early symptom of hypertension, which occurs when systolic pressure levels are from 140 mm Hg and diastolic from 90 mm Hg. If insufficient attention is paid, hypertension can damage the arteries, and eventually leads to: aneurysm, more severe diseases in the coronary arteries, or even heart failure or stroke.

Glucosa: The best time to measure this index is in the mornings before breakfast, where normal levels of glucose have to be between 70 and 100 mg/dl and less than 140 mg/dl after each meal. If, on the contrary, blood glucose levels are between 100 and 125 mg/dL and after meals between 140 and 199 mg/dL, it can be a sign of an imbalance in insulin levels, and therefore, the body can be found in a prediabetic state. For its part, when glucose levels are below 55 mg/dl, it enters into a condition of hypoglycemia. Recetas faciles y rápidas

Colesterol LDL/HDL: In Spain the number of people with high cholesterol does not stop growing, with men between 45 and 54 years who suffer the most from this chronic disease. According to the latest data National Health Survey2, in Spain there are 674,900 affected.

Cholesterol is usually measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol by deciliter (dl) of blood, and a too high level of LDL cholesterol in blood can form a plate, narrowing the arteries and obstructing normal blood circulation. Not taking control in cholesterol levels can lead to cardiovascular disease and accidents. The right level of LDL cholesterol is less than 100 mg/dL, placing the limit at a maximum of 159 mg/dL.

However, it must be borne in mind that there is a tendency to believe that all cholesterol is bad, and in reality it is a natural fat substance present in all cells of the human body, necessary for the perfect functioning of the organism. HDL levels associated with increased cardiovascular risk are 40 mg/dl in men and

Triglycerides: A normal triglyceride level is less than 150 mg/dl, although it is usually placed in a range of 150 to 199 mg/dl. Although cholesterol is usually more related to the risk of heart disease, the truth is that triglycerides are a fundamental indicator that alerts cardiovascular diseases. The difference between both is that triglycerides store unused calories and provide energy to the body, and cholesterol is used to build cells and certain hormones.

Body mass index (BMI): It is a tool that relates height and weight to estimate the amount of body fat a person has. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)WHO3)3, having a high BMI is a risk factor for cardiovascular pathologies, strokes, diabetes, locomotive disorders, and even some types of cancer (hyde, prostate, or endometrial, among others). A healthy BMI is estimated to be between values of 18.5 and 24.9. Having a body mass index higher than 24.9 can result in obesity, a disease that is increasing in Spain, affecting 17.4% of the adult population and being more frequent in men (18.2%), as the last one collects. National Health Survey4.

Five indicators according to Cigna should be monitored to enjoy good quality of life

Five indicators according to Cigna should be monitored to enjoy good quality of life

Regularly controlling the Body Mass Index (CMI), blood pressure, and glucose, cholesterol, or triglycerides levels is a key health pattern for early prevention

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2023-04-11

 

Five indicators according to Cigna should be monitored to enjoy good quality of life
Five indicators according to Cigna should be monitored to enjoy good quality of life

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