Health charts are diagrams that help an individual use
different personal information to find out health information. These are
usually used to visually represent information. It can be in form of graphs, tables, pie or bars. They make abstract information visual and easy to
Kinds of Health Charts
There are different kinds and the ones we discuss
here are the ones that pertain to people’s health. Here we discuss the ones that represent the following:
- BMI also called Body Mass index. It can also be
called Height . This displays the BMI of individuals. BMI tells us
how much body fat a person has. The chart is used to make this calculation by
lining up the weight to the height and finding the corresponding figure.
- Blood Pressure - this is used to grade the blood
pressure ranges, so that people can read the health meaning of their own
figures. It can help people to keep work to maintain normal blood pressure. It
can be represented in tables or bars.
- Calorie– these are used to list the calories
contained in a particular food. It can also tell us the source of the calorie,
whether it is from carbohydrates, fats or proteins.
- Healthy Weight - this actually uses the body mass index or BMI to show what ranges are healthy or
just where the figures fall. Just like the BMI, it shows what weight ranges are
underweight, optimal weight, overweight and obese
- Reflexology - These diagrams show the pressure areas on
the hands and feet and how they interact with different organs or parts of the
body. These areas can be stimulated in order to increase blood flow to specific
areas of the body.
- Glycemic Index - this is a diagram that represents how
much starch a particular food contains. Low glycemic index foods are low starch
while high glycemic index foods are high starch. This can help to provide diabetic
- Food Calorie- this is a diagram that represents how
much calories a given food contains. It is different from glycemic index. While
glycemic index shows calories from starch, food calorie chart shows calories
from all sources, whether carbohydrate, protein or fat. This can also provide diabetic
- Infant Growth - here we can talk about growth in
general. These are graphs that are used to represent the growth of any child
and compare with other children of the same age.
- Ideal Weight- please see BMI
- A1c – this is a table that shows how well diabetes is
being controlled over time. It does so by measuring how much sugar the red
blood cells accumulate.
Return from charts to Diabetes.