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If your Waist is Bigger than your Hips, Watch out for Diabetes

September 29, 2011

Dozens of previously published studies provide evidence that being overweight can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While body mass index generally has been the accepted method of calculating obesity, other specific body measurements, such as waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio are also considerations.

In a recent study, researchers analyzed the incidence of diabetes in a group of 27,000 men ages 40-75. These men were tracked over a 13-year period, measuring body weight and height, physical activity levels, dietary intake and incidence of smoking at regular intervals. Men with waists larger than 29-34 inches were up to 12 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes during the 13-year span of the study. When the waist-to-hip ratio was above 0.95, the risk of developing diabetes was seven times greater than for people with normal (

According to the authors of the study, the size of your waist provides important insight into the potential diagnosis of diabetes. If you have questions about ways to predict, prevent or treat type 2 diabetes, call for an appointment with Dr. Horan

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