Other Factors That Put Your Health at Risk
Other Risk Factors
Finally, prior to making an assessment of the risk for certain health conditions associated with a person's weight, the healthcare provider will consider additional risk factors besides weight. These risk factors include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- High LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
- Low HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)
- High triglycerides
- High blood glucose (sugar)
- Family history of premature heart disease
- Physical inactivity
- Cigarette smoking.
Once the doctor has determined BMI, waist circumference, and other risk factors, he or she can offer recommendations.
For people who are considered obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30) or those who are overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) and have two or more risk factors, the guidelines recommend weight loss. Even a small weight loss (just 10 percent of your current weight) will help to lower your risk of developing diseases associated with obesity.
Patients who are overweight, do not have a high waist measurement, and have less than two risk factors may need to prevent further weight gain rather than lose weight.
If you still have questions after reading this eMedTV article, ask your healthcare provider about BMI and weight. Together, you can decide on a plan that works for you.