Saturday, January 07, 2006

Dockwalk Magazine publishes article from Scubadoc's Diving Medicine Online

Dockwalk Magazine, a prestigious publication for captains and crew of cruisers and large vessels located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has published our article about "Ideal Body Weight for Diving", on page 12 0f their November 2005 issue.

The article was originally in our Ten Foot Stop Newsletter on 06/15/04 at . The article is reproduced below.

"Edmonds, in the book, Diving and Subaquatic Medicine, states that weight
should be less than 20 % above the average ideal weight for age, height and
build. Obesity is undesirable because it increases the risk of decompression
illness, there being an increase in nitrogen absorption of 4.5 times in fat. Sport
diving is more lenient than commercial in this regard in that the bottom times
can be reduced according to the percentage that the candidate's weight
exceeds that expected for height and build.

Body mass index (BMI) is a method for determining the percentage of fat. It
is determined by weight in Kg divided by height in meters squared.
In some areas of the world where medical fitness is more stringently regulated
than the US, a high BMI (body mass index) would deter one from diving.
Complicating conditions of adiposity include diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia or
hypertension and their associations with coronary artery disease. The BMI is
important to divers due to the fact that people with high BMI are more prone
to coronary artery disease and an untoward coronary event while diving. A BMI
above 30 kg/m2 is thought to be excessively risky for diving. Of course,
measured %BF can sometimes show that the diver is quite large and muscular
and this needs to be taken into consideration.

Related links:
Obesity and DCS
Describes the increased risks of diving with obesity. ... Home > Endocrine and
Metabolic Problems >

[PDF] Ten Foot Stop Newsletter, 06/15/04

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[PDF] DiveMed/TFS Newsletter, Dec. 31. 2002