Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday May 27th, 2011 - More Fat Means Less Life

Research from The National Institutes of Health published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reports that your risk of premature death increases 31% with every five-point increase in the body-mass index (BMI).

In real terms this means that...

  • A BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 increased death risk by 13%
  • A BMI of 30.0 to 34.9 increased death risk by 44%
  • A BMI of 35.0 to 39.9 increased death risk by 88%
  • A BMI of 40.0 to 49.9 increased death risk by 251%
To calculate your BMI go to

The following conditions significantly increase your risk:

  • Fatty liver 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
  • Low HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)
  • High triglycerides
  • High blood glucose (sugar) Diabetes
  • Family history of premature heart disease
  • Physical inactivity
  • Cigarette smoking
And, of course, cirrhosis of the liver can be lethal. Actually, it is. So I need a transplant asap.

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