Know your Numbers!

With the daily dose and re-dose of health happy tips and the ever-changing lifestyle recommendations, it can be tricky to know what daily habits are your best option.  With this in mind, take note Coffee lovers that our last dose of Coffee with Cote’ (February 2017) regarding activity can be taken to the bank - and let this lead you as it’s one of the healthiest deposits you can make in your health bank account!  Hear this now, hear this again, activity is your super power that will not only get you on track, but keep you on track, allowing you to be the best version of you.

So, if you are looking to build out your healthcare portfolio, what else can be added to help you achieve and fulfill your full healthcare potential?  From the evolution of insurance to the introduction of managed care in the late 90’s, to putting a stamp of approval on such services as one of the key essential benefits with the Affordable Care Act, one doesn't have to look much further than getting an annual wellness physical.  Prevention always trumps treatment, but having to go through the medical knothole of scheduling your annual physical, then having to block the time for it, and in return, voluntarily getting poked and prodded at the doctor’s office, isn't most people’s idea of a good time.

So, what's a coffee lover to do?  Try borrowing a page from that catchy 80’s Gen-X slogan made popular by Nike and “Just Do it!”  That's right, every year plan to put yourself first and get your annual wellness exam.  Like trying to decipher an explanation of benefits after a recent doctor’s office visit, interpreting all the data, numbers and results of your annual physical can be frustrating.  With this in mind, let below be your cheat sheet for your next wellness visit and subsequent conversation with your healthcare professional.

Cholesterol LDL – THE BAD ONE – should be less than 100

Blood Sugar – your fasting glucose level should be less than 107 – better yet if under 100

Waist Circumference & BMI – this should be less than half of your height in inches and for BMI, look to get this number below 30

Blood Pressure – 120/80 is great but 115/75 is even better

Colonoscopy – you should have it done starting @ 50 and look to have it done every ten years at a minimum

Eye Exam – No matter your age, get this test done once every two years at a minimum

Dental Exam – Include this as part of your annual teeth cleaning

Stress Test – Get this done at age 50 for a baseline and then every five years until age 65. If symptoms develop once you turn 65, every year is ideal.