What is your BMI?
BMI is a measurement tool that stands for “Body Mass Index” that compares your height to your actual weight and calculates if you are overweight, underweight or at your ideal weight for your height! To calculate this formula is very simple.
First you weigh yourself on your bathroom scale in pounds. Secondly, if you don’t know your height, you can measure it using a measuring tape, have somebody else measure you for best results. Thirdly, you take your height in inches and square that number using a calculator. In other words, multiply the number of inches by the same number of inches. So if you happen to be 70 inches in height do 70 X 70 which equals 4,900. Take your weight and let’s say you weigh 180 pounds, so you then divide your weight in pounds with your height in inches squared which was 4,900. So the calculation is 180 ÷ 4,900 = 0.036734693. Finally, you take that last number and multiply it by the conversion factor of 703. The final calculation is 0.036734693 X 703 = 25.82 which is your BMI.
The BMI scale consists of the following: A BMI of less than 18.6 means that you are under weight. A BMI between 18.6 and 24.9 means that you are at a healthy weight. A BMI of 25 and 29.9 indicates that you are overweight for your height and a BMI of over 30 suggests that you are obese and should consider losing weight. A BMI of over 35 states that you are probably morbidly obese and should watch out. Remember that the BMI is a good rough indicator of your weight since it doesn’t take into account muscle mass and bone structure, so make sure to speak to your doctor about your BMI.
The higher the BMI, the higher your chances of developing gout
Studies do prove though that the higher the BMI, the higher the risk of developing gout increases. With a BMI between 25 and 29.9 which indicates that you are overweight, the risk of developing gout is twice as much than being at a BMI at the healthy weight range below 25. With a BMI of over 30 which means you are obese, your risk goes up by 2 and half times more likely to develop gout and if you score a BMI over 35 the risk goes up 3 times!
From my previous posts you know that obesity is linked to development of insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome), which is complicated by hypertension, cardiovascular disease and hyperuricemia. Metabolic syndrome has also been associated with an increased risk of gout. Although you should strive to keep your BMI in the ideal weight range, recent research has found that the waist to hip ratio provides a much better indicator than BMI of whether an individual has too much body fat. It is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. Research also shows that people with “apple-shaped” bodies (with more weight around the waist) face more health risks than those with “pear-shaped” bodies who carry more weight around the hips.
So if you score a BMI of higher than 25, it is time for you to take that critical step in changing your diet and lifestyle so you can better cope with gout in your upcoming years.
Posted by Spiro Koulouris
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