Are you at risk for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases? And how do you know? Thankfully there is a system of “numbers” we can use to tell us how we compare to the healthy state. By knowing your numbers, you can take action to make positive changes that will help prevent the onset of chronic health conditions. Some of the numbers that are important for you to know are:
Waist circumference — A high waist circumference indicates a greater level of abdominal fat which is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services women with a waist circumference of more than 35 inches, and men with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches are at increased disease risk.
Of course, you inherit some risk for these diseases from your family. But the majority of chronic disease risk is in the lifestyle we lead - specifically linked to smoking, poor diet and an inactive lifestyle. These are things you can change!
In order to help you understand and remember healthy numbers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is proud to offer the Know Your Numbers Campaign. In addition to providing educational assistance to our customers providing screenings to their employees, we would like to encourage you to know and track your own numbers with our Know Your Numbers wallet card (download below). Keep it with you and record your numbers at every screening and physician visit.
Download the Know Your Numbers Wallet Card (416 KB)
Newly Added: Preventive Screenings Reminder Flyer
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