[url=http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/sites/GoRedforWomen/Reducing_My_Risk/Pages/Knowyournumbers.aspx]Waist cholesterol & blood pressure measurements[/url]

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(I’ve ordered 20 Measure Up tape measures if anyone would like one.)

The following guidelines are based on World Health Organisation and National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations.

Increased risk of developing chronic disease:
Adult Men: more than 94cm. Adult Women: more than 80cm

Greatly increased risk:
Adult Men: more than 102cm. Adult Women: more than 88cm where it is placed around their body.

The suggested target levels for blood cholesterol are:
– LDL-cholesterol <2.0 mmol/L - HDL-cholesterol > 1.0 mmol/L
– Triglycerides <1.5 mmol/L There is no 'ideal' blood pressure reading but the following is a guide: - Normal blood pressure: is generally less than 120/80 mmHg - Normal to high blood pressure: between 120/80 and 140/90 mmHg - High blood pressure: 140/90 mmHg or higher. If your blood pressure is 180/110 mmHg or higher you have very high blood pressure and this should be investigated.