Most of us (self included) find that as we grow older, we also more readily gain weight - and find it harder to lose it. A common reaction to having a health scare is to assess whether we can improve our health by losing a few pounds/kilos and a cancer diagnosis certainly qualifies there! But how much to lose? David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice at University of Western Australia shares his confusion on the difficulties of deciding what's a healthy weight and working out how much to loose:
Here's a reminder of health conditions and diseases that are associated with being overweight: nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health...
But while losing excess weight can reducing your risk of developing comorbidities that can complicate your life with CLL, particularly should you need treatment, there is good evidence that having a higher BMI as you age (BMI between 25 - 27 is associated with lower mortality:
If you are wondering whether you should lose some weight (or maybe put some on), discuss this with your haematologist and GP. My haematologist checks my weight each check-up, but surprisingly this doesn't seem to a standard procedure elsewhere. Sudden and unexpected significant weight loss is of course one of the triggers for starting CLL treatment and given nausea is a common complication of treatment, having some reserves can arguably be advantageous, provided it doesn't cause other problems.
Photo: A Funereal Cockatoo; what better choice could there be for a post on the influence of weight on mortality?