Body Mass Index and Lymphedema

Last Modified: January 20, 2008

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Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

Does a person’s weight affect risk for lymphedema?


Carolyn Vachani RN, MSN, AOCN, OncoLink's Nurse Educator, responds:

Body mass index is a number used to evaluate weight. (BMI calculator) Researchers have seen that a BMI greater than 25 increases the risk of developing lymphedema, and also increases the risk of swelling for those who already have a diagnosis of lymphedema. The National Lymphedema Network addressed this issue recently in their question corner.

Another study finds paternal smoking likely linked to greater childhood body mass index

Jun 30, 2010 - Maternal smoking may have an intrauterine effect on child conduct and externalizing problems, and there may be a biologically mediated association between paternal smoking and increased childhood body mass index, according to two studies published online June 29 in Pediatrics.

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