Measurable Data Driven Health Markers
Defining health can sometimes be a contentious subject.
And while health is multifaceted, with a range of interpretations, sometimes emotion & circumstantial factors can overlook important biomarkers of health.
Allowing biomarkers to become elevated above normal ranges, over long periods of time is a potential contribution too many chronic health conditions such as: diabetes, heart disease, mental health conditions & decreased life expectancy.
However, these issues needn’t be inevitable. You have the power to prevent, improve and even reverse the above by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
And… the ability to monitor bio markers has never been more accessible.
We’ve outlined 3 biomarkers alongside the tools needed to take the measurement & their appropriate ranges defining considered to offset disease.
- Blood Pressure – Blood Pressure Monitor
Investing in a blood pressure monitor can be one of the cost effective & worthwhile ways of monitoring your health. The importance is particularly relevant as we age. Due to the changes in the vascular system occurring, as we get older there is a steady rise in blood pressure.
Due to the low cost & fool proof measuring systems – keeping on top of your blood pressure has never been easier. Foreseeing a rise early could put years on your life.
2. Fasting Blood Glucose – Blood Glucose Monitor
Although blood glucose testing requires a slightly higher pain tolerance and a level of skill, it is still a very cost effective way of monitoring your health. Being aware of consistently elevated blood sugar levels means you have the power to change your diet and lifestyle before any negative impacts on your health occur.
Normal: 3.9 to 5.4 MMOL/l (70 to 99 MG/DL)
Pre-diabetes or Impaired Glucose Tolerance: 5.5 to 6.9 MMOL/L (100 to 125 MG/DL)
Diagnosis of Diabetes: 7.0 MMOL/L (126 MG/DL) or above.
3. Resting Heart Rage by Age & Gender – blood pressure monitor, HR monitor or Smart Watch
Due to the rise in popularity of smart watches, your resting HR might be something which you are acutely more aware of. With this measurement it’s particularly important to take a measurement at rest. Moving around, or feeling psychologically stressed about something could give you a skewed reading.
References & data tables:
American Heart Association