Waist size can be a stronger predictor of heart disease risk than your weight.
What doest that teach us?
Don't be too obsessed with the scale.
Forget about how much you weigh.
Focus on getting fitter and managing your waist size, more than your weight.
Your normal waist size is not 50 inches if you are a man, unless you are 10 feet tall.
You probably have a real waist size of 30 to 34 inches.
But now, it might be a bit bigger.
If so, time to get onto The Fit Apprentice Program and slim down.
In 6 months, I took 18 inches off of my waist.
So can you, for sure.
What are you waiting for?
Waist Management Can Prevent Heart Disease
A study involving people with diabetes has shown that belly size is a stronger predictor of a dangerous kind of heart disease than body mass index, researchers said Saturday.
- Posted 02 Apr 2016 21:35
- Researchers of a study of people with diabetes have found that those with larger waist circumferences are more likely than smaller-bellied people to have problems with the heart's left ventricle
- AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt
MIAMI: A study involving people with diabetes has shown that belly size is a stronger predictor of a dangerous kind of heart disease than body mass index, researchers said on Saturday (Apr 2).
The study released at the American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago was based on 200 people with diabetes who had not shown any symptoms of heart disease.
Researchers found that those with larger waist circumferences were more likely than smaller-bellied people to have problems with the heart's left ventricle, which pumps oxygen-rich blood to the brain and the rest of the body.
“We specifically found that waist circumference appears to be a stronger predictor for left ventricle dysfunction than total body weight or body mass index,” said principal investigator Boaz Rosen, a doctor at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Previous research has shown that the higher a person's body mass index (BMI) – a measure of a person's height and weight – the greater their risk of heart disease.
Having excess belly fat, or having an apple-shaped figure, has already been linked to high blood pressure, high sugar levels, elevated cholesterol, coronary artery disease and heart failure.
“Our research examined patients with diabetes, who are considered high risk for developing heart disease already, and found that the shape of your body determined if you were at a greater risk to develop left ventricular dysfunction,” said Brent Muhlestein, co-director of research at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.
“This study confirms that having an apple-shaped body – or a high waist circumference – can lead to heart disease, and that reducing your waist size can reduce your risks.”
Problems with the left ventricle can lead to congestive heart failure.
Researchers said more study is needed to see if diabetic patients with large waists and signs of heart problems go on to develop heart failure or artery disease in the future.
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Time to start thinking about fitting into those jeans of yours from high school.
Or your wedding tux.
You can do it.
The time to act is now.
What is your waist size now and what do you want it to be?