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.
Regular tests and vaccinations can help you stay healthy and prevent problems caused by your diabetes. Ask your doctor about what care you need and what to expect.
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.
The hemoglobin A1c test is a simple blood test that checks how much sugar, or glucose, is stuck to your red blood cells. This test also is called the glycohemoglobin test or the A1c test. Most doctors think the A1c test is the best way to monitor your diabetes over the long term.
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.
Discover how Bob White changed his life with the help of a healthcare team—and how you can too.