Monday, August 13, 2007

Waist size is key indicator for heat disease

Pot belly linked to heart disease BBC New 8/13/07 "Even a small pot belly can increase the risk of heart disease...Research from the University of Texas found large waist measurements, relative to hip size, were linked to early signs of heart disease. This confirms other research that waist size, rather than overall body weight, is a key indicator of heart disease. The study of 2,744 people suggests that a waist size of 32ins (81cm) for a woman and 37ins (94cm) for a man represents a "significant" raised risk...They found adding a few inches to the waist increased the risk of damage in the arteries, even if body weight remained within the normal range..."Fat that accumulates around your waist seems to be more biologically active as it secretes inflammatory proteins that contribute to atherosclerotic plaque build-up, whereas fat around your hips doesn't appear to increase risk for cardiovascular disease at all... "

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