03 Feb Importance of determining your health baseline
Understanding your health baseline is essential in managing and improving your health.
Monitoring your health biometrics over time is crucial when aiming to manage your health and understand your risk of developing stroke, diabetes or other diseases. In this article, we will share some important elements for managing and improving your health and highlight why developing a comprehensive understanding of your own body’s baseline is crucial in your journey to better health.
Blood Pressure and Stroke
Blood pressure can help you identify whether you are at an increased risk of developing heart, stroke or blood vessel disease. According to the Stroke Foundation, 8 in 10 people that have a stroke have high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as Hypertension, can cause your heart and arteries to be overloaded and leads to a higher risk of health concerns such as heart or blood vessel disease or stroke (Heart Foundation, 2019). Monitoring your blood pressure regularly can help you to determine what is normal for you, and how factors such as smoking, caffeine, exercise and stress can all play a part in affecting your blood pressure reading. If you are unsure of what your blood pressure typically sits at, try getting a blood pressure check 3 times throughout the course of a day or week to set a baseline and monitor regularly from then.
BMI and Diabetes Risk
High BMI can be an important risk factor when looking at those who have diabetes. According to Diabetes Australia, an Australian is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every 5 minutes. When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar that is a crucial source of energy. Unhealthy levels of glucose can lead to significant long- and short-term health conditions and can generally be prevented through maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By regularly monitoring your BMI, you can get a gauge on whether you have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Determine your baseline with a 4-minute SiSU Health Check!
Complete a SiSU Health Check to measure crucial biometrics such as blood pressure in just 4 minutes. Find a SiSU Health Station near you for your free 4-minute Health Check to ensure you are keeping track of and improving your important health information.
Pool, J., Glazer, R., Crikelair, N. and Levy, D., 2009. The role of baseline blood pressure in guiding treatment choice. Clinical drug investigation, 29(12), pp.791-802.
The Heart Foundation, 2019. Is my blood pressure normal? Accessed via https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/know-your-risks/blood-pressure/is-my-blood-pressure-normal