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It's very important to keep appointments with your doctor to ensure that you are receiving preventative care. It is easier to aid in the prevention of chronic diseases rather to try to treat them later. Discuss with your Primary Care Provider any potential health risk factors such as obesity,high blood pressure, diabetes or any genetic diseases such as cancer or heart disease that run in your family.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

A person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. To calulate your BMI, click here

Blood Pressure 

If your blood pressure is normal, maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay onset of high blood pressure or other health problems. If your blood pressure isn't normal, a healthy lifestyle - often times along with medication - can help bring it under control and reduce your risk of life-threatening complications. Click here to view more blood pressure facts/statistics.
  • Systolic (upper number) - amount of pressure it takes for the heart to squeeze blood to the body.
  • Diastolic (Lower number) - amount of pressure when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood. 
Normal Blood Pressure      Less than 120 and less than 80  
Prehypertension     120-139 and 80-89
High Blood Pressure     140 or higher or 90 or higher


A disease that affect your body's ability to produce insulin. The cause of diabetes is unknown but genetics, diet, obesity and lack of exercise may play a role in developing diabetes. There are 3 types of diabetes: 
  • Type 1 - Your body does not make enough insulin.
  • Type 2 - Your body does not use insulin properly. 
  • Gestational - Occurs during pregnancy and actually goes away afterwards but once you have had it, you are at higher risk that it will happen for future pregnancies. In some women, pregnancies uncover Type 1 or 2 and they have to continue to diabetes treatment after pregnancy.
                                     Blood Glucose (blood sugar)  
                                          Normal 70 - 110 mg/dl 
                                   Possible Diabetes over 140 mg/dl
High blood sugar levels can lead to kidney disease, heart disease and blindness.
Your physican will perform a test to determine whether or not you have diabetes. You can sometimes find out through a routine eye exam or from a foot doctor. View more info/statistics regarding pre-diabetes and diabetes. 
The Coalition offers Diabetes Self-Management sessions at two locations. For schedule or more info, call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076 or Health Connect in Uptown Martinsville at 276-638-0787.

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Healthy Tip of the DayAerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but the greatest benefit comes from a fitness program that includes both!

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