Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Health By The Numbers

Here are a few health factoids.

Estimated 1.5 newly diagnosed cancer cases in America in 2010.

1 of the 3 largest organs in the human body weighs just 3 lbs. Your brain.  

Most people wash their hands regularly, but not everyone washes them long enough. It takes 15-20 seconds to kill the germs on your hands. Just about as long as singing "Happy Birthday"... twice.

Gym memberships spike after the holidays leading to $19 billion in annual membership fees. A bit ironic since America has the widest waist line.

Americans consume on average 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Well over the recommended 6-9 teaspoons. In teenagers, the number climbs to 34 teaspoons. Soda, candy and vending machine items contribute to the sugar overdose.

ONE fat cell lives for 3,652 days or 10 years.

The average human heart will beat approximately 100,000 times in a 24 hour period.

Those who have systolic/diastolic values of 130–139/80–89 mmHg BP range are at twice the risk to develop hypertension as those with lower values.

For the gentlemen:  normal PSA levels are <4 nanograms. Higher values may indicate anything from temporary inflammation from the digital exam to cancer. 

Good Health,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN