Why the BMI Chart May Not be a Good Measure of Your Ideal Weight

How much you should weigh is part personal preference, part genes, and part science. Well, kind of — kind of, because the “science” behind the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart is not science at all, in fact, it is mathematical formula created for an entirely different purpose and was “tweaked”to force weight conversions that were otherwise somewhat incompatible. Despite its wide use today as a rule of thumb, this flawed method of calculating ideal weight is now over 200 years old.

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The Majority of Adults in California Now Have Prediabetes or Diabetes

Nearly half of California adults, including one out of every three young adults, have either prediabetes — a precursor to type 2 diabetes — or undiagnosed diabetes, according to a UCLA study released today. The research provides the first analysis and breakdown of California prediabetes rates by county, age and ethnicity, and offers alarming insights into the future of the nation’s diabetes epidemic.

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NH Health Department Says 60,000 Adults Have Prediabetes, but Number May be Much Higher

According to the survey results, prediabetes was twice as common in overweight adults and more common among older adults in the New Hampshire. Prevalence of prediabetes was 50% higher in non-whites than in whites, higher among persons with the lowest household incomes, and higher among adults who reported more days of poor mental health each month.

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PSA Campaign to Fight Prediabetes

“For the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, we need to communicate a sense of urgency — that it’s time to take action,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “By participating in a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program, people with prediabetes can learn practical, real-life changes and cut their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.”

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Although research has demonstrated that PE can improve fitness, it is unclear whether PE reduces obesity among teenagers.

Exercise Alone is Not Enough to Address Obesity Problems Among Teens

The American Heart Association and the Institute of Medicine endorse using PE to reduce child obesity, yet a recent review in the New England Journal of Medicine classified the idea that PE classes reduce obesity as a “myth.” The American Academy of Pediatrics strikes a middle ground, endorsing PE but describing child obesity programs that rely on activity alone as “somewhat disappointing to date.”

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Patient medical history form to screen for prediabetes

ADA, AMA and YMCA Applaud Introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

The American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the YMCA of the USA applaud the introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (S. 1131/H.R. 2102). Sponsored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) and Representative Peter King (R-NY), the legislation would provide coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to Medicare beneficiaries at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Avalere Health estimates the legislation will save $1.3 billion over 10 years.

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