know your numbers 2012

Every fall, Microsoft has a program called “Know Your Numbers” where employees get free on-site health screenings. I’m sharing my numbers compared to one year ago as evidence of improved health. One important point: other factors such as exercise and stress remained unchanged during this time.

The targets for each metric are shown to the right of my actual numbers in the tables below. They are from my health screening pamphlet and may change slightly depending on source.

Cholesterol, Glucose, and Blood Pressure

Metric Nov2011 Nov2012 Very Good Good Bad
Total Cholesterol 185 154 < 200 200 – 240 > 240
LDL (Bad Cholesterol) 124 86 < 100 100 – 130 > 130
HDL (Good Cholesterol) 46 51 > 60 40 – 60 < 40
Total / HDL Ratio 4.0 3.0 < 3.5:1 < 5:1 > 5:1
Triglycerides 73 88 < 150 150 – 200 > 200
Blood Glucose 91 76 < 100 100 – 125 > 125
Blood Pressure – Diastolic 76 68 < 80 80 – 90 > 90
Blood Pressure – Systolic 116 111 < 120 120 – 140 > 140

Body Composition

Metric Nov2011 Nov2012 Too Low Good Border High
Body Mass Index (BMI) 27.5 24.3 < 18.5 18.5 – 25 25 – 30 > 30
Body Fat 18% 12% < 10 10 – 20 20 – 25 > 25
Waist Circumference (in) 34 32 n/a < 40 n/a > 40
Weight 180 160 n/a n/a n/a n/a

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