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Know Thyself: Why Understanding BMI Can Help with Weight Management

A smiling young woman with a towel over her shouldersThere are many factors that contribute to obesity and many of them vary from person to person, as they might be related to genetics, metabolism, and lifestyle habits. Weight management can be a difficult thing to embark upon yourself and requires the attention of medical professionals that can assess the contributing factors and see how best to mitigate them. As a patient, however, it is also important that you take the time to learn a little bit about what the term means and how to alter your day-to-day habits. One of the terms that gets tossed around a lot when dealing with weight management programs, dieting, and exercise is BMI, which stands for body mass index. In fact, it has become so commonplace today that many people will know this number just like they know their cholesterol levels. 

Understanding Your BMI

All you need to calculate your BMI is your height and weight. Your BMI takes these two numbers into account and expresses a relationship between the two that is not necessarily dependent on predetermined frame sizes. Over recent years, BMI has become an increasingly important metric for overall health and wellness. It is not a perfect test, and it does not tell you everything you need to know about your health, but it can provide a useful parameter. 

A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25. A person with a BMI between 25-30 is likely considered overweight, and a person with a BMI above 30 is considered obese. So while it is not an all-encompassing test it can provide a good indication of whether people will develop certain conditions like:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis 
  • High cholesterol
  • Several types of cancer
  • Liver disease

Don’t Put So Much Weight on Your BMI

Understanding your BMI is understanding a metric that is meant to measure mostly your size. It does not tell a person in-depth issues or the possibility of present disease. There are plenty of people who showcase a low or high BMI and are perfectly healthy without any active conditions. Many studies have also shown that just because a person has a normal BMI, it might not reveal other underlying conditions that might need attention. This is why it’s important to take a 360-degree look at your health and assess the overall well being of a variety of functions and metrics. 

Seek a Professional When Looking to Improve Your Health & Wealth Management 

Here at Diabetes and Endocrinology Specialists of El Paso, we assist patients looking to improve their lives through wealth management. We create a plan that is right for you and unique to your circumstances and health history. Your weight is not something to put on the back burner. If you’re looking to get healthy today, seek a professional that can help assess your risk of diabetes and other conditions and treat your weight issues safely and effectively. Call us today. 

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