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How can a pre diabetic person with BMI < 18 gain healthy weight? I have lost 5 lbs since diagnosis.

How can a pre diabetic person with BMI < 18 gain healthy weight? I have lost 5 lbs since diagnosis.

BMI is a guide...: And not necessarily an absolute measure of health. If you're doctor is saying you must gain weight because of your low bmi, then you should focus on eating lean, healthy proteins like fish, chicken and turkey, and doing some resistance exercise (weights, etc). If this is a big concern, i'd strongly recommend working with a nutritionist (along w. Your pcp)- they can be a big help. ...Read more

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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


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Female. 26. 168cm. 52.5kg. BMI roughly 18. I don't exercise but bodyfat 12%. I'd like to start training but apparently shouldn't go below 12%. TRUE? I'm healthy and to want to exercise but bodyfat will obviously drop if I do? Surely it won't matter??

Female. 26. 168cm. 52.5kg. BMI roughly 18. I don't exercise but bodyfat 12%. I'd like to start training but apparently shouldn't go below 12%. TRUE? I'm healthy and to want to exercise but bodyfat will obviously drop if I do? Surely it won't matter??

Female, 26yr: I have an interest in wellness. It is important to note that too little body fat is extremely bad for your health, just as obesity. Exercise is good for you but should be accompznied by a good healthy diet.a good aim is BMI of about 22. Bodyfat is important for hormonal balance, temperature regulation, a source of energy, etc. A diet rich in omega 3 oils, wholefoods and avoiding sugar and gluten ...Read more

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I went from have a bmi of 18.2 to 15.99 in six months. I'm 20 years old and I'm 5'6. I have tons of health issues, could this relate? How dangerous?

I went from have a bmi of 18.2 to 15.99 in six months. I'm 20 years old and I'm 5'6. I have tons of health issues, could this relate? How dangerous?

Need to see doctor.: I usually like to provide concrete answers to questions here, but your query requires some definitive testing. There could be many metabolic, infectious, nutritional, gastrointestinal, endocrine issues causing the problem with your weight. Your BMI is dangerously low. You need to initiate a local work-up with a doctor right away. Please. ...Read more

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Is BMI of 19 healthy at 19?

Is BMI of 19 healthy at 19?

Normal 20-25 but..: Technically a "normal bmi is 20-25.

But its just a number.

A bmi of 19 has to be put into context of who you are.

If you are healthy, happy, eating well and feel good. Then 19 should be fine. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 19.2 a healthy bmi?

19.2 is: In the normal weight range, but there is much more to being healthy than just bmi. It's simply a calculation and doesn't state whether you're healthy or not. Discuss other health matters with your medical team. ...Read more

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Is a BMI of 17.8 considered healthy?

Stability is key: Certainly this is below 18.5, which is the low end of normal. However, if you have always been thin, then this is really nothing to worry about. If there are signs of eating disorders, these in themselves have significant health consequences and need to be addressed. ...Read more

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Want to increase my BMI in a healthy way?

Want to increase my BMI in a healthy way?

Resistance training: BMI just reflects the amount of body mass per unit of height. Increasing muscle mass is the one dependable way to do so in a healthy way. You can't increase your bone structure and fat is not a desired add on. Isometrics, resistance bands, free weights or machines, etc. Will all help you tone up and potentially add to lean muscle mass. ...Read more

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What to do if I have low BMI but im healthy?

What to do if I have low BMI but im healthy?

Let it be: Hi. BMI is a continuum, and if you're just below 18.5 and healthy, don't sweat it. Stay healthy! ...Read more

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Is a healthy male BMI the same as a female's bmi?

Is a healthy male BMI the same as a female's bmi?

No: Optimal bmis for males could be in the teens (17%) while women require more body fat at around 24%, . ...Read more

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How accurate are BMI charts for measuring health?

How accurate are BMI charts for measuring health?

BMI charts: BMI charts are very good for measuring body mass index - (BMI). The BMI range should be 20-25 but a bit higher might be OK.

The most informative way is to get your weight without clothing on (at home of course). and get your height measured without shoes off.

Of course your BMI will be lower if you have your height measured wearing high heels. Not a good idea! ...Read more

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My BMI is 17.5. How badly can this effect my health?

Significantly!: A bmi of 17.5 is very low and can be associated with many serious health risks. Weights this low and unhealthy are usually the result of psychiatric disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, malnutrition or the result of chronic medical conditions or side effects of treatment for example chemotherapy used to treat cancer. If your bmi is 17.5 you should seek appropriate medical care immediately! ...Read more

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What is a healthy BMI for an adult female that is 5'6"?

20-24: The target bmi for an adult female is between 20 & 24 (average 22) based ofn cdc & nchs statistics. ...Read more

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My BMI is 36.1, what can I do to adopt a healthy lifestyle?

Lifestyle: Eat healthfully w at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit /day (organic is best). Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Watch portion sizes. No tobacco, illicit drugs & low to no alcohol use. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs sleep /night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Maintain good hygiene. Daily physical ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from my low bmi? If so, what happens?

It depends upon: How low. Mildly low bmi's can be healthy if you have a healthy lifestyle. Very low bmi's, such as you see in people with eating disorders are potentially very harmful to the body. If you have questions, talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi my height is 5-2ft and my weight is 55kg my BMI 22 I guess. Is this healthy?

Hi my height is 5-2ft and my weight is 55kg my BMI 22 I guess. Is this healthy?

Lookin' good!: This looks pretty good. I recalculated your BMI and got the same thing. Normal weight is considered to be a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9, so you're right in the middle. Consider some measure of body fat, as well. Acceptable range for women is 25-31% body fat. Most important for health is to develop nutritional, physical, emotional and spiritual balance and fitness. Good luck...you're on the right track! ...Read more

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What is the normal or healthy weight/bmi for a woman of 24yrs & Height of 5'4?

What is the normal or healthy weight/bmi for a woman of 24yrs & Height of 5'4?

About 120 lbs: One easy equation for weight is to be 100 lbs for 5 feet and then add about 5 lbs per inch. So for 5'4'' an average weight would be 120 lbs plus or minus about 10 lbs. If you are severely overweight you should not expect to get down to that weight though. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much weight do I need to lose to get to healthy BMI (weight)?

It depends: Upon where you're starting from. The more you weight, the more you need to lose. Healthy bmi is usually considered to be from 18.5 - 24.9, but there are many more things that go into being healthy than just bmi. ...Read more

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What should I eat to gain healthy weight? My BMI is 20 and I work out regularly.

What should I eat to gain healthy weight? My BMI is 20 and I work out regularly.

Meat and vegetables: Many people would love your problem... Pay attention to your protein sources and make sure 80% of your protein comes from real foods. ...Read more

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How to get fat efficiently and healthy? Does matter how many I eat also won't gain weight, I want to reach normal bmi.

Weight gain: The desire to gain weight is more than just a function of what you eat. Genetics (size of your parents), muscle mass, and bone structure also play an important role. Also, many diseases can also cause one's bmi to be low. Best to see your doctor to discuss all of these factors. Be sure to bring in your parent's height and weight and your body fat measurement. ...Read more

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My BMI is 19.7 (normal healthy), but I still want to gain weight...i tried hard, but not increased much. What to do. Plz suggest?

My BMI is 19.7 (normal healthy), but I still want to gain weight...i tried hard, but not increased much. What to do. Plz suggest?

WEIGHT GAIN: You want to gain more weight? All you have to do is eat more nutritious food high in calories like cakes, ice cream, meat products, etc. ...Read more

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10 years ago aged 40 I weighed 65kg and BMI 19 Even though I am now living a healthier lifestyle I am now 85kg and BMI 27 What gives?

Aging: As we age, our body composition changes. Our diet may be same but activity type or level changes along with level of stress and lot of other factors. There are medical causes like low thyroid hormone etc as well so get a checkup from your GP. ...Read more

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My BMI is 18 & so I am classed as underweight. I am trying to be more healthy&fit, so if I lose a couple of pounds would this be bad for my health?

Underweight: If underweight is due to low calorie intake or bulimia it is not good however if u have always been low weight u may be fine being over active and eating less may push you to a weight at which u stop having cycles cycles with incresed Estrogens are important for bone mass donot lose weight by cutting intake at this stage make sure you donot have a medical cause for weight loss. ...Read more

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What is a healthy BMI for women who are overweight?

Around 22-25: The "normal" range for body mass index is 18-25. This does not take into account body composition. When losing weight to reach this range you must exercise and get enough protein to maintain lean muscle mass while losing body fat. ...Read more

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I am 17 and my BMI is 39 and I am overweight since I was 5. How do I get healthier?

Diet and exercise: Are key components as well as screening for other medical conditions. ...Read more

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What is a healthy BMI for a woman 5'1 and 102 pounds? Is this a safe weight to carry a baby?

You are there: Based on your weight and height, your bmi is 19.2. A healthy bmi is 18-24.9, so you are there. As long as you have a normal menstrual cycle, you likely are at a healthy weight. Your weight can be up to 120 and you will still be at a healthy weight. Make sure you maintain your weight in a healthy way. ...Read more

Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more