During a checkup, your doctor takes a close look at the “numbers” that offer a picture of your health. Find out why they’re important, and talk with your doctor about what your numbers are.
Body mass index (BMI)
18.5 to 24.9
Many people don’t understand what heart failure is because the name makes it seem like the heart has stopped—or is about to stop—working. However, heart failure actually means that the heart isn’t pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
With each passing year, we gain more memories and more wisdom. (We hope!) But as we grow older, our bodies change too, including our eyes and vision. This process is natural, but it’s important to stay aware of age-related vision changes to keep our sight and health on track.
You’ve just been diagnosed with a chronic health condition such as diabetes or heart disease. You met with your doctor, googled your condition, and still have a lot of questions. What's your next step?
If you’re one of the more than 29 million Americans with diabetes,1 you know how important it is to take good care of yourself—monitoring your blood sugar, watching your diet, taking your medication, exercising.
Managing your blood sugar is important if you have diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a simple blood test can measure your average blood sugar levels over the past three months, helping you keep track of this important number.
In Rhode Island, one in three of us has high blood sugar levels, which increases our chance of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Nearly one in 10 Americans has diabetes, which can increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, and other health problems. If you're living with diabetes, these tips will help you take care of your health.
Most of us take at least one prescription drug—and we’d all like to pay less at the pharmacy. These tips can help lower your costs.
When you visit the dentist, you're doing a lot more than taking care of your teeth.