Knowing about your health can help you determine if you’re at risk of any fatal disease. It can also help you maintain a healthy and more fulfilling lifestyle.

1. Blood Pressure

Blood pressure (BP) is a vital sign that every individual should be cautious about. A high BP, also called hypertension, often shows no symptoms but can result in severe health problems like vascular dementia or kidney damage later on. Hypertension also makes you more susceptible to a heart attack or stroke. The average BP range for an adult lies between 90/60 mm Hg and 120/80 mm Hg. Get your BP checked by a general practitioner or pharmacist. If it falls outside this range, then take immediate action.

2. Body Mass Index

The body mass index, commonly known as BMI, calculates if you are over, at, or under the right weight for your height. If you are underweight, then you could be suffering from malnutrition, anemia, or vitamin deficiencies. This could, in turn, affect things like immune function and growth. If you are overweight, that puts you at risk for chronic heart problems, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. You can use a BMI calculator to find your weight status or directly approach a doctor. If you don’t fall in the healthy weight range, then some lifestyle changes must be made.



3. Cholesterol Levels

If you have a high cholesterol level, that increases the risk of suffering from several heart diseases. Even if you maintain a good diet and try to be healthy, you shouldn’t take any chances. High cholesterol is sometimes hereditary, with young adults developing this problem in their 20s and 30s. So knowing early definitely helps as it makes you more careful and cautious.

4. Family History

Speaking of hereditary, knowing your family history is equally important as taking care of all these other vitals. If a close relative or family member is suffering a health issue, it pays to know as it can affect you. Moreover, this also helps when planning families because sometimes, even if you carry a gene for a disease, it doesn’t mean that you’ll suffer from this condition.

 

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