We all want to regain and maintain the health of our bodies, not only for ourselves but for our children and grandchildren who want to be present in their lives, and to keep us lucid and smiling as long as possible. The secret of a long and healthy life is prevention.
A short list of indicators that help us supervise our health is provided below.
1.BMI – Body Mass Index (the amount of body fat a person carries)
Obesity has been associated with heart problems and reduced brain function, doubling the risk of developing the mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. You should try to lose some weight if you are overweight, consuming low calorie, but rich in nutrients food. Make sure that your waistline is half-size of your height, measured in centimeters.
2.The blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure levels, as a first aid you will have to reduce the amount of salt and fat from your diet, and quit smoking. If these measures won’t be effective, you should see your doctor.
3.The complete hemoleucogram
If the total amount of blood is too small or if it is too thick, this can cause you anxiety, fatigue, and can affect your memory. The earlier you start the treatment, the more effective it will be. Aspirin is commonly used to reduce temperature and influenza states – but a daily dose of 100 mg aspirin improves the blood circulation through your veins and prevents the coronary complications. Speak to your doctor for further information.
4.The glucose levels
This analysis will show the average glucose level from your blood and is used to diagnose diabetes. Diabetes is the world’s leading cause of blindness, non-traumatic amputations and kidney failure.
It has been shown that alpha-lipoic acid, cinnamon and chromium supplements are able to stabilize the blood sugar levels.
5.Thyroid hormone levels
The abnormal levels of thyroid hormones is a common cause of memory loss, confusion, lethargy and other symptoms of dementia, both for women and men. Low levels of these hormones are implied in an overall decrease of the brain activity. Supplements rich in iodine and selenium, such as brown algae, blue algae, Brazil nuts support the optimal functioning of the thyroid.
This test measures the mineral density of your bones. It is used to diagnose osteoporosis. Calcium supplements accompanied by vitamin D3 can help you correct this deficiency.
7.C reactive protein levels
C reactive protein levels increase in inflammatory processes, so no matter if it is an acute process or an activation of a chronic illness, determining it is an important factor when you need to evaluate these disorders. High values of it indicate: severe infections, injuries, burns, autoimmune diseases (such as lupus), arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, some forms of cancer (lymphoma);
Recently, it has become increasingly evident that inflammation plays an important role in the atherosclerosis’ process . Atherosclerosis causes severe arterial damage, which triggers inflammation. An intense inflammatory response is correlated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and sudden death. Therefore, people who suffer from heart disease, and present the associated risk factors, such as high levels of blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart disease , should determine the levels of C-reactive protein because it has a role in assessing the risk of the future complications.
The first step to healing is to become aware of these indicators of your health. Make the necessary tests and note them. Change your lifestyle to improve them and redo the tests every three months until you get out from to normal levels. Consult your physician for further info.