Know Your Numbers

Weight-related health risks are a serious problem. Your health care practitioner can help you fill out this chart. Use it to get a clear picture of where your risk factors stand and to set goals for getting your numbers to healthier levels.

HDL “Good” Cholesterol

An HDL less than 40 mg/dL is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in men, while an HDL less than 50 mg/dL is considered a risk for women.

 _______ mg/dL


When triglycerides are higher than normal (150 mg/dL or more), your risk of heart disease or stroke may be increased. If your triglycerides are 200 mg/dL or more, your health care practitioner may talk to you about your non-HDL cholesterol value. Your non-HDL cholesterol value should not be more than 30 above your LDL goal.

 _______ mg/dL

Blood Glucose Levels

When blood glucose levels are higher than normal, it means one has diabetes, which also increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Normal fasting* plasma glucose = less than 100 mg/dL
  • Impaired fasting plasma glucose = 110 to 125 mg/dL
  • Fasting plasma glucose at which diabetes is diagnosed = 126 mg/dL or higher
 _______ mg/dL

*Fasting plasma glucose is a measurement of glucose level in the blood serum taken in the morning before eating.


Elevated Blood Pressure

Blood pressure in excess of 130/80 mm/Hg increases your risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

 _______ mm/Hg (systolic)

 _______ mm/Hg (diastolic)

LDL “bad” Cholesterol

Your health care practitioner will determine your LDL goal based on your number of risk factors and medical history. An optimal level of LDL is less than 100 mg/dL.

 _______ mg/dL

Body Mass Index (BMI)

A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. (Calculate your BMI.)

 _______ BMI


I smoke OR live or work with people who smoke every day?

 _____ No _____ Yes
I get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week?  _____ No _____ Yes
I’ve had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation or other heart condition.  _____ No _____ Yes
I’ve had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack) or have been told that I have carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease (disease of the leg arteries), a high red blood cell count or sickle cell anemia.  _____ No _____ Yes

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