Sunday, January 15, 2006

17 Things to rember for HEALTH>
17 numbers you shouldn't forget
Remember them, for they are essential for a healthy living
Always remember the following numbers and keep your body healthy. It's very easy, just read on.800 mg of calcium is the recommended daily allowance for women between 19 and 50 years. If you are at risk of developing osteoporosis, it's advisable to increase your consumption to 1,000mg and 1,200mg a day. Calcium is found in dairy products, dark-green vegetables, nuts, grains and beans. ' 35 is the age by which, if you 're a smoker and on the pill, you should either stop smoking or switch to a progesterone-only pill. Or else, you are nearly 10 times more likely to have a heart attack. 18 is the age by which women reach optimal fertility. Fertility remains fairly constant in the early 20s and then gradually declines. It accelerates once you turn 35. 20 is the age when your sense of smell is only 82 per cent as good as when you were born. By the age of 60, it falls to 38 per cent and by the age of 80, it's only 28 per cent as sensitive as at birth. 120/80 Your optimal blood pressure is below 120 and below 80. If you can achieve that, there is very little likelihood that you will have a heart attack or a stroke. The upper limit of acceptable blood pressure is 140/90. To help avoid high blood pressure levels, consume a maximum of about one tsp salt a day. 20 is the number of breaths per minute you take while resting. More than this could indicate anaemia, fever or lung and heart problems. Rapid breathing also occurs after exercise, when you get emotional and at high altitudes. 6 millimoles per litre is the upper limit for blood sugar. Higher levels often indicate presence of diabetes. Keeping body weight in check controls blood sugar. 60 The normal resting heart rate is 60 to 90 beats per minute, but could be lower if you are very fit. Exercise, anxiety, caffeine and cigarettes all speed it up. Altogether, 100 per cent of your maximum heart rate equals 220 minus your age, this is the maximum rate at which your heart can beat. 35 ml of blood is usually lost during menstruation. Absence of periods could be due to abnormalities of the reproductive system, hormonal problems or genetic disorders. Whereas, heavy bleeding could be caused by severe anaemia, cysts or thyroid problems. 5 millimoles per litre is the upper limit for total cholesterol levels. Too much cholesterol forms a build-up in the lining of arteries and causes narrowing and blockage of these arteries, which could result in heart disease. 2,50,000 is the number of sweat glands you have in your feet. Each foot can produce up to 250ml sweat every day. 100 is the number of hairs we lose every day. Excessive hair loss might be experienced six months after pregnancy, illness or after you have stopped taking the pill. 10 days is the time it takes after conception before you can tell whether you are pregnant. It takes about a week for the fertilised egg to travel down the fallopian tube to the uterus, where the egg is implanted in the uterine lining. 2 Every two years sexually-active women should have a pap smear done. Those who are HIV positive and has a history of human papilloma virus are at risk of contracting cervical cancer. 3 mm is the average amount by which nails grow in one month. Our nails tend to grow faster when we are young, reaching a peak at around the age 10 to 14. 50 is the age after which women should have a mammogram screening every two years. 70 per cent of our body is made up of water. We feel thirsty when that level drops by as little as one per cent. Drinking water not only quenches our thirst but is essential for vital bodily functions. Water aids in digestion, flushes out wastes and toxins, maintains fluid balance, and regulates body temperature through perspiration.

courtesy: mumbai mirror

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