Men, how many of you know the latest stats of your favorite athletic team? You can rattle off University of Louisville or University of Kentucky stats no problem, right? But do you know your personal health stats? Do you know your “numbers”? The answer should be yes.
What is your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI)? Do you know your PSA (prostate specific antigen)? Think of these numbers as an instant replay of a portion of your life. These numbers are important to know, because they could save your life.
If your stats aren’t where they should be, you can improve them through exercise, eating a diet full of vegetables and lean meat, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol in excess. Knowing your numbers increases your chance of living a long, healthy life.
To learn your numbers and be a champion of your own health, attend “Men’s Health: A Family Affair,” a free event sponsored by the Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention & Wellness this Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Along with fun family activities, we can help you know your numbers — so that you can take charge of your health!
–Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA
System Vice President , Research and Prevention, Norton Healthcare