LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- This medical Monday, take control of your health by learning these five numbers; they'll help with everything from losing weight to protecting your heart from Reader's Digest.
1. Your daily calorie needs. Most women need 2,000 calories a day for good health, and men generally need about 2,550. One way to work out your daily calorie needs is to multiply your weight in pounds by 13 to 15, depending on your activity level.
2. Your waist size. When body fat is packed into your abdomen, the fat cells release inflammatory chemicals. For women, health risk begins to rise when your waist is more than 35 inches and for men, risk increases when your waist is over 40 inches.
3. Your blood pressure. When it remains elevated, you have hypertension and this carries a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. A reading of 140 over 90 is considered high.
4. Your triglycerides.It's normal to have some in your bloodstream, but high levels are linked to coronary artery disease, especially in women. A normal reading is less than 1.7.
5. Your morning pulse rate. This will help you to see if your workouts are strengthening your heart. A normal resting pulse rate is 60 to 90 beats per minute. People who are fit tend to have lower resting pulse rates because their heart muscles are in good shape.