How does my weight affect my risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

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Weight and risk of type 2 diabetes are clearly linked.

Weight is related to height by a formula known as body mass index or BMI.

In our society, a BMI of 18 to 25 is considered to be healthy and from 25 to 30 is considered overweight.

From 30 to 35 is considered to be obese and from 35 to 40 is severely obese.

A BMI that is greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese, indicating that a person with this degree of obesity is at very serious risk of both immediate and long-term health problems.

The BMI formula uses your weight (in kg or pounds) and your height (in meters or inches) to form a simple calculation that provides a measure of your body fat. The formula for BMI was devised in the 1830s by Belgian mathematician Adolphe Quetelet and is universally expressed in kg/m2.

BMI applies to both adult men and women and is the calculation of body weight in relation to height.

There are two formulas for Body Mass Index(BMI):

Metric Body Mass Index Formula is equal to weight(kg)/[height(m)]2

Imperial Body Mass Index Formula is equal to 703 multipled by weight(lbs)/[height(in)]2

Example Using Metric Body Mass Index Formula

For an adult with height of 160 cm and weight of 73 kg. Our first step needs to be to convert the height into meters (British spelling: metres). As there are 100cm in a meter, we divide our figure by 100. This gives us 1.6m.

BMI = 73 kg ÷ (1.6m × 1.6m)

This gives us a BMI of 29.

Example Using Imperial Body Mass Index Formula

For an adult with height of 160 cm and weight of 73 kg.

BMI = 703 x 161lbs/(63 inches x 63 inches)

This gives us a BMI of 29.

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The risk of having type 2 diabetes increases as weight increases.

Severe and morbid obesity are associated with an almost 100 times greater chance of type 2  diabetes.

The reason for this is insulin resistance causes type 2 diabetes.Insulin resistance occurs because people eat too many high carbohydrate meals.

If people ate more low carbohydrate meals and did more physical activity they would not get insulin resistance and therefore would not get Type 2 diabetes!

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