Understanding Your BMI Number

Understanding Your BMI Number

Body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat, and it’s used to measure if you’re at a healthy weight. BMI is calculated using your height and weight and is a good gauge of your risk for weight-related diseases. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain health problems.

Here at Total Care Family Practice, Evan Allen, MD, provides comprehensive primary care to the community of Henderson, Nevada. The diagnoses of overweight and obesity are more than just cosmetic concerns. 

Carrying excess body fat increases the chances that you'll develop serious health issues. Tracking your BMI can alert you to potential risks so that you can take steps to manage your weight, lower your risk for disease, and improve your overall health. 

If you have a high BMI, Dr. Allen offers body composition analysis, which provides a detailed breakdown of your body fat, muscle mass, protein, water, and minerals that make up your body. This analysis is used to create an individualized weight-loss plan. 

Knowing your BMI

BMI is a calculation that estimates how much body fat you have. It's an expression of the relationship between your height and weight as a measure of your health. 

BMI is broken down into several categories.

Knowing your BMI is the first step to managing your weight. 

Body mass index and health

Excess body fat is linked to several health issues, and that's why your BMI number matters. 

If you have a BMI that puts you in the overweight or obese category, you're at a higher risk for the following chronic diseases:

Maintaining a healthy BMI is part of a comprehensive health plan. 

Waist circumference

When assessing your health risks and creating a weight loss plan, BMI is used along with other indicators, such as your waist circumference. Your waist circumference is closely tied to your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This is because fat that surrounds your organs in the abdominal cavity is more dangerous than fat distributed in other areas.

Typically, the higher your BMI, the wider your waist circumference. A waist circumference greater than 35 inches for women and greater than 40 inches for men raises the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Beyond BMI

While some health risk factors, such as age and family history, are outside of your control, there are many things you can do to reduce your overall disease risks and improve your health status. 

Getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and a normal cholesterol level, and eating a nutritious diet are vital to weight management and protecting yourself against chronic diseases. 

Should you develop a weight-related disease, losing weight can lower the risk of complications and help manage your condition. 

If you’re concerned about your weight, schedule visit with Dr. Alan to discuss your concerns and how we can help you maintain good health. Call our office or book online today. Your future health is in your hands. 

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