Effects Related to High BMI
Over 9% of women with a high body mass index suffer from sleep apnea, compared with 1 to 4 percent of normal-weight women. Studies have shown that each unit increase in BMI over 30 total increases your risk for sleep apnea four-fold.
- Those who have a BMI that is considered to be high have a 30 percent higher risk of developing chronic headaches.
- A high body mass index increases the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Overweight and obese women with a high BMI are also more than twice as likely to develop an eye disease.
- Breast cancer is also an increased risk for women who have a high body mass index. If you have Gained more than 20 pounds from age 18 to midlife doubles the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.
- If you have a BMI that is measured over 25, studies have shown that you are twice as likely to contract some form of heart disease, high cholesterol, or stroke.
- A high body mass index also places you at risk to contract Type 2 diabetes, which can negatively affect your kidneys.