Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the measure of an individual's body mass, which is calculated by dividing the weight of a person in kilogram to the square of the person's height in meters (kg/m2). It is used to quantify the tissue mass in an individual, and then categorizing them as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

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Is it safe for obese patients to take appetite suppressants?

Query: Hi doctor, I see a lot of patients, who are slightly overweight. I put them on an exercise regime, and tell them to restrict their diet. But sometimes, they are unable to control their appetite and have dinner at night. They ask me for any appetite suppressant to decrease their appetite. They prefe...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, appetite suppressants are hard to find, as you must be aware that they have a low therapeutic index, habit former, and are difficult to discontinue once started. For obese patients with BMI (body mass index) over 30, why do not you try VLCD (very low...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my heart beats heard hard against the sternum?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46 year old female, and I am obese. I do not drink caffeinated drinks, smoke, or do drugs. I took myself off Lisinopril because it was causing more symptoms than helping. I have high blood pressure, but it got too high, so I am back on it. I was born with a small heart murmur, and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are two issues over here. One is obesity, which in itself causes hypertension and can cause the pounding sensation of the heart that you experienced. Also, the loss of spinal curvature may cause the heart to appear closer to the chest wall. Hence, you may e...  Read Full »

Is there anything wrong with my annual health report?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 5.10 feet and 203 lbs male. I have been a binge drinker, drinking about 24 to 32 beers a week, and now have quit drinking from three weeks. My cholesterol was at 248. I have now been exercising 30 to 40 minutes on a treadmill, quit alcohol, quit bad fats, I eat oatmeal every day and...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lifestyle modification work to decrease the cholesterol, it is actually very good. But the problem here is your BMI (basal mass index). So, you need to be treated with Statins also. It is better to take Statin and continue with lifestyle changes. For more information con...  Read Full »

Kindly review my reports and suggest whether I am diabetic.

Query: Hello doctor, I started taking medicine for diabetes from last year. Then after two months, I had to stop because my sugar went down very much. And sometimes, I had to eat glucose to maintain the sugar level. I used to continuously check my blood sugar levels after every 2 to 3 months. As the tests...  Read Full »


Dr. Sreejith. M. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your blood sugar is not under control. Everyone whose HbA1c is more than 6.4, have diabetes. Always keep HbA1c less than 7, for better control of DM (diabetes mellitus) type 2. Your other blood r...  Read Full »

Why am I having LVEDP of 4 mmHg in diastolic dysfunction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 57 year old male, and I had episodes of shortness of breath and tachycardia, six months back. I take high doses of Statin and ACE inhibitors from ten years, and my lipid profile is excellent. EKG showed slight ST depression, an echocardiogram showed WMA (wall motion abnormalit...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for providing a detailed explanation. In my practice, normal LVEDP (left ventricular end-diastolic pressure) is considered between 4 to 12 mmHg. I would love to know when you last went for any of these tests, that is EKG (electrocardiography), echocard...  Read Full »

What does mild pulmonary regurgitation mean?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you please review my results and confirm if my heart is normal.  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through all the results of the investigations (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). All are within normal limits with no abnormalities detected. Although the investigations are within normal limits, I have to notice that you are overweight ...  Read Full »

Why am I having sudden body mass loss with body pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Sudden body mass loss, body pain especially in food area. 23 years old, male, 5'5", 40 kg.  Read Full »


Dr. Malvika Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you stated you are experiencing sudden mass loss and body pain specially in gastric region, in order to reach a proper diagnosis you have to answer these questions: 1. Can you tell me more precisely what kind of pain is it? Does it feel crappy, sharp or stabbing...  Read Full »

I am tired of being fat. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am tired of being fat and I am tired of diets. After a diet, I gain double and every time it is harder to lose. I am desperate, lonely, and depressed. I do not want to be fat for my entire life. I am only 26 and have always struggled with my weight. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can imagine the level of your frustration regarding your weight. Yes, it is nearly impossible to keep reduce weight and maintain diet and exercise. I may not be able to give you a composite plan of action for your weight reduction since it is not basically a one d...  Read Full »

Why is my neutrophils low and lymphocytes high?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an annual checkup. Please have a look at the reports and advise if everything seems fine and healthy.  Read Full »


Dr. Uphar Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All your reports are within the normal limits. But, Your weight is a bit more. Your BMI is 29 (body mass index), which is overweight, but not obese. Just that and rest all is fine. For further information consult a general practitioner online --> https://www.icliniq.c...  Read Full »

Which factors increase the risk of chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old female. I have on and off sharp pain in the left upper chest. Sometimes, it radiates to the neck and sometimes shoulder and upper arm. My ECG, bloods and chest x-ray were normal. With all these tests, is it likely to be the heart? Movement does not seem to influence th...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have carefully worked through your case and can well realize your health worries. Thanks for uploading the details of some laboratory reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your blood pressure and other parameters seem to be normal. Pain at this site...  Read Full »

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