You know your weight and height, but what about your BMI? Your body mass index is an important measurement that helps to paint the picture of your overall cardiovascular health. If you are serious about improving and protecting your heart, make sure you understand your BMI.
What Is BMI?
Your BMI is a measure of body fat based on your weight and height. It doesn’t measure fat directly from the body, but can be used as a screening tool to identify whether you are underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese. Research shows that individuals with high BMI values face increased cardiovascular health risks.
The BMI Spectrum
Men and women are evaluated using the same BMI ranges:
- Underweight: <18.5
- Healthy: 18.5-24.9
- Overweight: 25.0-29.9
- Obese: >30
You can use a BMI calculator or look at a BMI chart to find your body mass index. Keep in mind that muscle is denser than fat, so if you are athletic or very muscular, your BMI may be higher even though you don’t have too much body fat.
Risk Factors of High BMI
If you have a high BMI, it means you have too much fat on your body. Weight gain in adulthood increases the risk of many different diseases and conditions, so you should take your BMI seriously. The health problems associated with weight gain and high BMI include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Joint and muscle pain
Improve Your BMI With Professional Help
Lowering your BMI is a powerful way to improve your overall health and prevent disease in the future. If you’re not sure how to tackle your BMI alone, call (941) 744-1200 to make an appointment at Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute in Bradenton, Florida. The team at Manatee Cardio is committed to your comprehensive cardiovascular care and wellness.