If you’re trying to get fit and healthy with the goal of managing your diabetes, it’s good to keep your eye on the number on the weight-loss scale. But, the digits you also need to pay attention to makeup your Body Mass Index (BMI) number.
This index is a number calculated from a person's weight and height, and is a pretty reliable measure of obesity for most people. That number, depending on what weight category it falls in, can determine if you’re at risk for health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Let’s use an example: A woman who stands at 5'2" and weighs 160 pounds has a calculated BMI of 29.3, which puts her in an “Overweight” category. With 10 more pounds on her small frame, her BMI goes up to 31.1, and pushes her to the “Obese” category. The higher her number, the worse she fares at staving off avoidable health issues.
So, how do you lower it and get it into the "Normal" category? Losing weight with a regular dose of exercise and healthy eating habits. Knowing your BMI is a good start to getting your health act together. Do you know your number? Let’s calculate it now using this nifty tool.