Higher Body Mass Index Increases Chances of Diabetes Diagnosis

If your body mass index (BMI) is over35, you have a higher likelihoodof being diagnosed with diabetes,according to U.S. governmentstatistics.

Data gathered over 40 years fromfive national surveys show that U.S.residents, aged 20 to 74 years, showedsignificant increases in diagnoseddiabetes with increased body mass.

Cases of diabetes that were diagnosedincreased from 41 percent to 83percent among those with a BMIabove 35.

Diabetes Care, December 2004


Body Mass Index Chart: Desirable BMI Below or Equal to 25 BMI

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Height (in inches)Weight (in pounds)
4′ 10"105110115119124129134139143148153158163167173177182186191
4′ 11"109114119124128133138143148153158163169173179183189193198
5′ 0"113118123128133138143148153159164169175179185189195200204
5′ 1"116122127132137143148153158164169174180185191196202206211
5′ 2"120126131136142147153158164169175180186191197202209213218
5′ 3"124130135141146152158164169175181187192198204209215220225
5′ 4"128134140145151157163169174180187193199204210215222227232
5′ 5"132138144150156162168174180186193199205210217222229234240
5′ 6"136142149155161167173180186192199205211217224229236241247
5′ 7"140147153159166172178185191198205212218224230236243249255
5′ 8"145151158164171177184191197204211218224230237243250256262
5′ 9"149156162169176182189196203210217223231237244250258264270
5′ 10"153160167174181188195202207216223230237244251258265272278
5′ 11"158165172179186193200208215222230236244251259265272279286
6′ 0"162169177184191199206214221228236243251259266273281287294
6′ 1"167174182189197204212220227235243250258265273280289295302
6′ 2"171179187194202210218226233241250257265272281288297303311
6′ 3"176184192200208216224232240248256264272280289297305312319
6′ 4"181189197205213222230238246254263271280288296304313320328

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