Before we move on to another W, let us ask some more Whats.
What are your numbers?
When was the last time you weighed yourself? Do you know your BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, and waistline? I’ve mentioned it in a previous post but let me repost the significance of these numbers.
1) Body Mass Index (BMI) tells you if you have a problem with obesity, which is a health risk for heart disease, diabetes type 2, and even COVID-19 complications. To compute your BMI, you can use this calculator and check which category you fall under. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/.../edu.../lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
But BMI can overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build and underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle. So use the other two measurements below on top of your BMI.
2) Waist circumference For women, having a waist circumference of more than 35 inches is a health risk, while for men, it’s a waist circumference of more than 40 inches. Measure it above the hip bone and after exhaling. If your measurements are high, you may want to consider losing some of that excess fat around the waist that can lead to metabolic syndrome and increase your risk for heart disease, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes type 2.
3) Waist-to-hip ratio Measure your waist circumference, then divide by your hip circumference. A healthy waist-to-hip ratio for men is less than 0.9, while for women, it’s less than 0.8. Your risks for heart disease and diabetes type 2 increase with a high waist-to-hip ratio. Do you know your other numbers? Your fasting blood sugar? Your cholesterol profile? Do you go for an annual check-up? What about your blood pressure? As we age, these numbers begin to change. Our risks for chronic diseases increase. We don’t want to be caught off guard with sudden chest pain or a stroke. Know your numbers.