Whittle Your Waist for Better Health, Longer Life
Want to whittle your waist? That's a good move for many reasons, including helping you to live a longer, healthier life. In fact, new research by the Mayo Clinic shows that the circumference of your waist can be a key indicator of your overall health and longevity and of your risk for multiple health woes.
Mayo Clinic researchers analyzed data from upward of 650,000 adults and found that waist circumference is a strong indicator of a myriad of health risks. Here's what they found:
- Women with waists over 37 inches have an 80-percent higher risk of conditions like heart disease, lung problems or cancer compared to women whose waist span was under 27 inches.
- Men with a waist circumference of 43 inches were at 52-percent greater risk of death than men with a 37-inch waist.
- Every two-inch increase translated into a 9-percent increased mortality risk.
It all comes down to two key numbers - 90 and 85.When the stomach measurement is 90 percent or more of the hip measurement in men, or 85 percent or more of the hip measurement in women, it means excessive abdominal fat - and that's a condition associated with an array ofobesity-related health troubles includinghigh cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetesand coronary artery disease.
If you're looking to slim down and improve your health, call 800-501-8090and schedule an appointment at the Metabolic Research Center location nearest you. Our expert weight loss counselors can tailor a nutrition and exercise plan just for you.
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