Knowing Your Numbers Before Visiting the Doctor

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Getting vitals checked is routinely the first thing done whenever you visit a doctor, even before discussing the reason of your visit. This includes checking pulse, blood pressure, temperature and weight in some cases. Then this is accompanied by the usual battery of blood test.

Rather than relying solely on the interpretation of your doctor, with the proverbial, “is that good?” question, why not know your numbers? E.g. what’s normal cholesterol level? If you don’t the answer to this, then it’s time you get to know your numbers!


Know Your Numbers!

You should know these numbers if you don’t know already:

Blood pressure

The standard blood pressure is considered to be 120/80.

Pulse rate

The pulse raet should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute during rest. Pulse changes according to the activity and medications.


Total cholesterol level is the sum of HDL, LDL and 20% of triglyceride level.

Ideal total cholesterol levels should be under 180mg/dl.

Fasting glucose levels

Blood glucose level in the fasting state should be less than 100mg/dl.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

BMI should be between 18.5 to 25 kg/m2.

Waist circumference size

Waist circumference should not exceed 40 in men and 35 in women.