Friday, December 28, 2012

Another Healthy Reason to Know Your BMI

trim waistlineBody Mass Index (BMI) has been recommended for more than 40 years to help monitor healthy weight composition and the various health risks associated with being either too thin or too heavy.

A research letter published in the December 10, 2012 issue of the American Medical Association Journal Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that BMI could also be a way to monitor your cardiovascular health.

The results of the University of Zurich study, "suggest that BMI may be a valuable alternative to monitoring serum cholesterol levels in cardiovascular disease risk prediction models."

Statistically, having an abnormally high BMI is associated with:

• Hypertension;
• Unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels;
• Type 2 diabetes;
• Coronary heart disease;
• Stroke; ...

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