Health Watch -- Manage Your Health: Vital Statistics

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about ways you can help manage your own health. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say there’s some key information you need to know in order to make decisions about your health. Your doctor will probably test for these things as part of your ongoing care, but you need to be aware, too.

Dr. Shawna Nesbitt, a UT Southwestern blood pressure specialist, says you should know your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, LDL cholesterol level, HDL cholesterol level and your body mass index. When you visit your doctor, ask about these numbers and what you need to do based on this information. Any changes in these measurements at later doctor visits can tell you how you’re doing.

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March 2006

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