You have an increased risk of an abnormal body mass index (BMI). Here is what you need to know.
Normal-weight persons have a BMI of less than 25. Individuals with a BMI of 20-29.9 are overweight and individuals with a BMI of 30 or greater are obese. Individuals with abnormal BMI are more likely to suffer from insulin resistance and/or diabetes, even though they might not be aware of this. When the BMI is 25 or greater, the body fat content is high also.
Body fat is an organ that stores excess energy into fat for later consumption. Individuals with insulin resistance, a condition in which the body tissues do not respond to insulin, are more likely to be overweight or obese. Fatty tissues are known to produce excessive amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines which cause generalized body inflammation with all pathologic consequences derived from this. Inflammation is linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, hypertension, chronic degenerative conditions, and Alzheimer’s disease.
In women of reproductive age, insulin resistance has a detrimental effect on the quality of the eggs and the number of eggs the woman can produce when stimulated, either naturally or for IVF. In addition, the systemic inflammation produced by the fatty tissue of overweight and obese women affects the embryo’s ability to implant and can cause implantation failure or early pregnancy loss.
A healthy lifestyle with exercise and a natural Mediterranean organic diet can help such patients significantly reduce the burden of insulin resistance or even eliminate this pathology. Because this measure might not be enough to correct this problem and help you lose weight and toward a normal BMI, the use of intermittent fasting along with insulin-sensitizing medications and natural supplements can help you achieve your goal.
What should I do:
Talk to your doctor about ways to help you reduce your weight along the ways mentioned above, and the use of medications and supplements. If your doctor is not familiar with such lifestyle changes, you might want to consult with a qualified nutritionist to help you achieve your goal before you attempt a new pregnancy. If you need our help, request a virtual consult with us or come to one of our offices in NY City. We can then evaluate you precisely and develop a custom protocol to help you achieve your goal.