Pickwickian syndrome, also known as Obesity Hypoventilation syndrome affects more than half of the population defined as obese. Those who struggle with daytime sleepiness, difficulty taking a full breath, and swelling of the legs and feet in conjunction, might have this syndrome. A person is identified as obese if he or she has a body mass index (BMI) exceeding 30kg/m2.
Anyone can calculate their BMI by dividing their weight in kg by their height, squared, in meters (for American units, divide pounds by inches squared and multiply the result by 703), or for those who are curious about their BMI but worried about calculating the result by hand, simply typing BMI into an Internet search engine and navigating to a site with a free calculator will provide quick, reliable results.
Obesity, a BMI greater than 30, is the primary indicator that a person might suffer from Pickwickian syndrome. In rare cases a person may have internal fatty tissue around the heart and lungs from: heavy alcohol consumption or a fatty diet paired with a physical career, but not appear externally obese and show symptoms of Pickwickian. In both cases, however, the symptoms are due to other physical conditions as Pickwickian syndrome is exclusively related to internal-external obesity.
For an in-depth review of Pickwickian syndrome consult a medical authority. Below, youÕll find the best ways to manage and cure Pickwickian. The best news is that no one has to second-guess the most effective treatment. A person who isnÕt suffering from Pickwickian will still benefit from treatment, because treatment is exercise and diet modification. Proper diet and exercise brings a cure to the syndrome and its symptoms.
However, much research has proven that obesity is often related to other disease factors, and obesity is often the result of sickness, which means weight loss can be extremely difficult for the majority of the obese population. For that reason, exercise should be the first line of offense and defense against obesity. Those who are already obese can find fitness regimens that combat weight gain and promote weight loss without the accompanying impact of joint damage from high impact athletics.
With a proper pair of walking shoes, a daily fitness walk is the best, first exercise. Going out for 45 minutes and walking at a pace that requires the lungs to struggle is all that is necessary. One researcher explained the appropriate walk speed as being one at which a person can comfortably converse, but could not sing.
Further research has shown that diet modification might be most successful when a person removes a single element from their diet at a time. Instead of counting calories, people can simply remove something like chocolate, or ice cream from their diet. Often, that one conscious effort both reduces daily calorie intake and increases awareness of dietary consumption that leads to unconscious efforts for more healthful eating.
It takes time for many obese individuals to cure the cause of Pickwickian syndrome, but anyone who lowers their BMI to less than 30 will find relief. And the best news is that people who make strides in the right direction will notice measurable results along the way. Daytime fatigue, shortness of breath and swelling all begin to reduce within days of beginning an exercise regimen, and continue to improve until the symptoms all but disappear. For those who want to take charge of Pickwickian by diet and exercise, the rewards are plenty.