winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?"
profound question from Vince Lombardi, which led to championship
football and bred an entire philosophy, could also be the key to
we measure we can fix," says Dr. Robert Gleeson, director
of Preventive Cardiology at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical
College of Wisconsin, when asked about the importance of people
keeping score in several areas of their individual well-being.
How do you
measure up? We encourage you to score at home:
hours a night
people say they can get by on five but in reality that’s not
long enough for the brain to heal or the biological clock to
reset," Gleeson says.
Cholesterol: 50 mg/dl (Male) 60 mg/dl (Female)
Cholesterol: 50 mg/dl
guidelines released in 2013 stated if you’re treating someone
with a problem just put them on the right drug and forget about
the number," Gleeson says, adding that the target numbers
listed above reflect the cholesterol value of "an Aborigine
who’s never eaten Cheetos," but is attainable and should
be the goal for the average person.
Sugar Ideal: 80 mg/dl
under 100 mg/dl
a big range," Gleeson says. From 70 to 100, people do
Pressure: 115/75 mm Hg
those numbers, mortality rates double for every 20 millimeter
increase in the systolic top number," Gleeson says.
"If you’re at 175/100, the mortality rate is eight times
30 minutes/7 days a week
in the world would be much healthier if we all took a brisk
30-minute walk, seven days a week," Gleeson says.
drinks per week
teaspoons of ethanol per week (the equivalent of two glasses of
wine) can have a positive impact on overall health.