More Accurate Predictors of Health - Deepstash

More Accurate Predictors of Health

People should keep track of the following in order to stay healthy.

  • Waist circumference.
  • High blood cholesterol.
  • Elevated triglycerides.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High blood sugar.

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  • High blood pressure: When the blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is 140/90mmHg.If you are someone who is very thin and you have 110/70 mmHg, then you are fine and healthy ( from another source).

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Limitations of BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is one of the most popular ways to measure body composition as it pertains to health. However, research indicates BMI is not the most accurate depiction and can have serious limitations in weight distribution, body fat percentage, and different demographics.

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  • BMI is not an accurate predictor of health because it does not account for body fat percentage or body fat distribution.
  • In addition, BMI cannot accurately predict the health of different demographics and races because it was created with data from only white Europeans.
  • Measurements that are more accurate than BMI at predicting health outcomes include blood pressure, waist circumference, and cholesterol levels.

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  • Waist circumference: If your circumference is over 34 for a woman or over 39 for a man, you might have increased risk.
  • High blood cholesterol: Overall cholesterol levels higher than 239 mg/dL in men and women can pose a greater risk to health conditions. So, try to maintain below this level.
  • Elevated triglycerides: A type of fat found in your blood, which can be elevated when you eat more calories than you burn. A high level of triglycerides is over 200 mg/dL. Maintain below that.

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What is BMI?

The Body mass index (BMI) is a marker for health & obesity. It can be measured using the following formula: weight (kg) ÷ height² (m²)

BMI indexes:

  • 18.5> is underweight
  • 18.5 ~ 24.9 is normal
  • 25 ~ 29.9 is overweight
  • 30< is obese

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Detox and Its Limitations

Detox diets are generally short-term dietary interventions designed to eliminate toxins from your body.

A typical detox diet involves a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of fruit, vegetables, fruit juices, and water. Sometimes a detox also includes herbs, teas, supplements, and colon cleanse or enemas.

Human research on detox diets is lacking, and the handful of studies that exist are significantly flawed

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The population-wide BMI statistics show that nearly 60 per cent of people in the UK and US are overweight.

BMI is the ratio of body weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in metres. It is represented as kg/m2. 

  • A 'normal' BMI is 20-25kg/m2. 
  • A BMI of 18kg/m2 and lower is underweight.
  • A BMI of 25-30kg/m2 is considered overweight. 
  • Over 30kg/m2 is classed as obese.

BMI is flawed as it only uses weight and height. It cannot differentiate between muscle and fat.

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