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Maintain heart-healthy numbers to prevent hypertension, says expert

Dr. Nemencio A. Nicodemus, Jr., Director of PSEM educates the public during the 3rd National Hypertension Awareness Month celebration

Are you at risk of hypertension?

According to Dr. Nemencio A. Nicodemus, Jr., Director of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (PSEM), there are ideal heart-healthy numbers for the body to be maintained to prevent hypertension.

“Stage one hypertension occurs when an individual obtained a blood pressure of 140 over 90. Even if you are a teenager and you reached that certain level, you are already hypertensive. Normal blood pressure should be 120 over 70 and below,” he explained.


In terms of cholesterol levels for the body, Dr. Nicodemus emphasized that too much “bad” cholesterol or Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) circulating in the blood can result to heart attack or stroke while low levels of “good” cholesterol or the High-density lipoprotein (HDL) increase the risk of heart disease.

“For a hypertensive person, bad cholesterol level should not exceed 100mg/dL. In good cholesterol, it should be 50mg/dL and above for women while for men, it should be 40mg/dL and above,” he said.

In terms of waist measurement, Dr. Nicodemus revealed that the ideal waistline of Asian men should not exceed 35 inches. For Asian women, waistline should not exceed 31.5 inches.

For blood sugar levels, Dr. Nicodemus explained that the normal blood sugar level when fasting (no food intake within 8 hours) should not exceed 100mg/dL. A good blood sugar level, on the other hand, should be 140mg/dL or less two hours after meals.

“These are the important and heart-healthy numbers for the body that will make you win in health,” stressed Dr. Nicodemus.