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Does a normal body mass index (BMI) mean that I am healthy?

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Body Mass Index (BMI) is not a comprehensive assessment of overall health. It merely is a number calculated from a person’s height and weight. BMI can provide information related to how much body fat a person is holding relative to their frame. There are many other factors of health including but not limited to; strength, flexibility, blood pressure, resting heart rate, cardiorespiratory fitness, mental health, blood lipid profile and blood sugar levels.  A healthy BMI reading does not guarantee any of these things however a higher risk BMI score (30 and higher higher) can be associated with health risks.  Some of the diseases and health conditions related to a higher BMI according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are; Hypertension, Dyslipidemia ,Type 2 diabetes, Coronary heart disease, Stroke, Gallbladder disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep apnea and respiratory problems, endometrial, breast, and colon cancer.

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