A healthier you starts at Somerset Drug a Good Neighbor Pharmacy®. Our experts have put together the tips and tools you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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What is BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI) represents an index of body weight in relation to height. While BMI is not a measure of body fat, it is recommended as a more accurate way to assess body fatness than measuring weight alone.
In general, people with BMI in Normal range have the lowest health risks.
However, higher BMI does not always mean that a person has too much fat. Although BMI correlates with body fat level, it is not the perfect tool for evaluating the health risks associated with obesity. For example, athletes may have BMI which is higher than Normal because they have more muscle and thus weigh more than average people. But despite their high BMI, they are fit and in good health.
At the same time, BMI which is lower than Normal is usually associated with either extreme natural leanness or, in a worse case, with malnutrition or even starvation.
What is BMR
The rate at which energy (calories) is used for the essential life functions is called Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Basal metabolism includes most of the involuntary things the human body does to support life - such as breathing, blood circulation, body temperature regulation, nervous system operations, etc., but not the extra energy needed for any additional physical activity such as gym exercise.
In other words, if you laid in bed all day doing nothing else, then you would need to eat at least the number of calories roughly equal to your BMR in order to maintain your normal body functions.
Basal metabolism consumes from 60 to 70% of body's total daily calories expenditure.
What is RMR
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is equivalent to BMR but is measured under less strict conditions. BMR usually assumes special lab conditions where even the room temperature has to be exact. RMR is the BMR value adjusted for the regular life environment.
RMR values are about 15% higher than the BMR values.
In your diet calculations, you can safely use RMR instead of the scientifically precise BMR.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Diabetes is a serious disease. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States live with it and its devastating health problems. More than a quarter of them—8 million—don’t even know they have it and aren’t getting the medical care they need.
What’s more, an additional 86 million have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day sounds the alarm so people can take action and get the medical care they need to live well. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Click on the image to view a downloadable Type 2 Diabetes Risk test!