Obesity And Diabetes Statistics

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Obesity Information

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese. The term “obesity” is used to describe the health condition of anyone significantly above his or her ideal healthy weight. Don’t be discouraged by the term. It simply means you are 20% or more above your ideal weight, and you are not alone. Nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese puts you at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. Obesity statistics Almost 13 million (16.9%) of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are obese. Nearly one in three (31.8%) U.S. children (23.9 million) ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese. More than one-third (about 35%) of U.S. adults are obese (more than 78 million adults). Your healthiest weight Everyone needs a goal and positive reasons to achieve that goal. Even losing a few pounds can provide you with cardiovascular benefits, so every step in the right direction is a step toward healthier living. Consider these reasons to work toward maintaining a healthy weight. When your weight is in a healthy range: Your body more efficiently circulates blood. Your fluid levels are more easily m Continue reading >>

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  1. jojopuff

    I was just diagnosed with PCOS this last week, and my doctor put me on 500 mg daily of metformin. I was told to cut the pill in half for a week to work up to the full dosage, so I did that. I took metformin at night for 3 days.
    Yesterday morning while I was at work, when I was just standing there, I had sudden, severe muscle pain in my upper right shoulder muscle (trapezius), and throughout the day it spread to my neck and to my left shoulder muscle. The pain was so severe it almost made me fall over.
    Last night I went to the ER because it says on the drug info to seek immediate medical attention if you have severe muscle pain, because it could be lactic acidosis. I decided I'd better get checked out, but they took labs and said everything came out normal. They also said it that I was on such a low dose (250 mg), it could have been the start of lactic acidosis but not enough to show up on the labs. They told me to stop taking the metformin until I see my primary doctor on Monday.
    Have any of you ever experienced this with metformin? I have never had muscle pain this bad in my life, and even after skipping a day of the medication I am still in severe pain.

  2. Christina2529

    I had some similar muscle pain and it lasted for a few weeks. I went and saw my PCP and she gave me muscle relaxers and told me to take ibprofen but I never thought of asking if it could be due to lactic acidosis. I had stopped taking Met for a few weeks just out of laziness and when I started back up I started full strength instead of working my way up again. I wonder if that caused the muscle pain. I couldnt even turn my head because my beck hurt so bad. This is a good thought and I might have to look into this. thanks!

  3. SarahB1982

    I just started 500mg on Saturday, and haven't had muscle pain per say, but severe joint pain in my legs and hips. Weird.

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