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Ladies, do you have normal BMI and higher body fat levels? You are at risk of breast cancer

Postmenopausal women with normal body mass index (BMI), but with higher body fat levels are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, a study warns. Body fat levels are typically measured via BMI, which is a ratio of weight to height. While BMI may be a convenient method to estimate body fat, it is not an exact way to determine whole body fat levels, as muscle mass and bone density cannot be distinguished from fat mass. The study included participants who had a normal BMI (between 18.5 to 25.0) and…

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One in Every Three Indian Kids Has Unhealthy BMI: Reveals Survey

Health is a major issue in our country especially when it comes to kids. A new survey has been doing the round in this respect with some alarming results. The nationwide 7th Annual School Health and Fitness Study 2016 released by EduSports, a school sports enterprise, reveals that a large number of school children in India have fitness levels far from satisfactory. The survey is conducted every year and last year’s report covered 1,69,932 students in the age group of 7 – 17 years from 326 schools in 86 cities and 26…

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Higher BMI supports spread of blood cancer

As body mass index increases, so does the growth and spread of the blood cancer multiple myeloma, which accounts for about 10 percent of all blood cancers in patients, a study warns. “Once a person with cancer is out of the normal weight category, their BMI is contributing to multiple myeloma growth and progression,” said lead study author Katie DeCicco-Skinner, Associate Professor of Biology at American University. Obesity is believed to be a risk factor for many cancers. In the multiple myeloma study, normal weight is defined as a BMI…

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