Body Mass Index (BMI) is one way to determine if your weight is putting your health at risk. While BMI does not take distribution of body fat into account, combining this measure with an assessment of your waist circumference can provide an indication of body fat related health risk.
The location of fat on your body is also a risk factor for health problems. Recent research shows that when excess weight is carried on the abdomen, there may be greater risk of disease than when excess weight is located around the hips or thighs. Measuring your waist circumference is a way to check your fat distribution. Here's how.
Are you at risk for Heart Disease or Stroke?
Your risk of heart disease is related to your family history, your age, any current diseases and conditions, as well as your BMI and waist measure. Increasing your physical activity and eating healthful foods are ways you can take control and improve your health.
Know your total cholesterol, HDL level, and blood pressure? Try this 10-year cardiac risk assessment tool.
Are you at risk for Diabetes?
Like heart disease, there are several factors that can predict your risk for developing diabetes or pre-diabetes, and some are within your control to change. Try this risk calculator and talk to your health care provider about the results.
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