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Knowing your health numbers could prevent problems

Johnsie Parker didn't know her cholesterol, blood sugar or any other numbers when she began seeing Dr. Brian Ware at Mission Health Family Medicine - Glenwood in McDowell County. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Johnsie Parker didn't know her cholesterol, blood sugar or any other numbers when she began seeing Dr. Brian Ware at Mission Health Family Medicine - Glenwood in McDowell County.

"Being aware of your lab numbers -- and being able to get certain values to normal range -- can lower your risk of having a stroke or having a heart attack or developing diabetes," insisted Ware.

Parker added, "He said my risk for stroke or heart attack was severely elevated in the next 10 years, and I thought, 'I'm too young to just have 10 years or less.'"

Parker took a deep breath, changed her diet and began paying attention to her health.

"Knowing your cholesterol (numbers) or if you're pre-diabetic are important because we can work to keep you off medication," Ware said.

"My total cholesterol is down 150 points, and I've lost 89 pounds," Parker beamed. "I feel like a different person. I really do. I love to exercise. I look forward to it."

In only a year, she took her life in a healthy direction by knowing her numbers and getting them in line.

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