Weight Loss and Cardiology
How weight loss mixes with cardiology:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps with cholesterol and other fats
- Insulin resistance reduction
Decreases metabolic syndrome
Relationship with obesity and the heart:
Obesity has been stated to be the leading cause of an increase in cardiovascular disease. Obesity increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. But it harms more than just the heart and blood vessel system. It’s also a major cause of gallstones, osteoarthritis and respiratory problems.
Being obese can:
- raise blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- lower your “good” HDL cholesterol level.
- increase blood pressure.
- induce diabetes. In some people, diabetes makes other risk factors much worse. The danger of heart attack is especially high for these people.
Understanding your BMI
BMI stands for body mass index and is a measure of someone’s health condition.
For most individuals, a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 means that their weight is normal, or “acceptable,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 means a person is overweight, and those with a BMI over 30.0 are considered obese.
How to see your BMI?
BMI is your weight (in kilograms) over your height squared (in centimeters). Let’s calculate, however, using pounds and inches. For instance, the BMI of a person who is 5’3″ and weighs 125 lbs is calculated as follows: Multiply the weight in pounds by 0.45 (the metric conversion factor). For an easy calculator, click here.
Benefits of Empower
Medically supervised weight loss management
Peer support groups
Long Term Management
Bio-psycho-socio-spiritual approach to treatment