Thursday, August 12, 2010

Waist of Death

The body circumference that we always see in front of the mirror, sometimes bug us very much and occupy our minds every single time, especially for females. For women, how large the waist plays a very important aspect as far as the image of a female is concerned. As for the males, how large the waist rings alarm about whether they are at risk in getting cardiovascular diseases as well as obesity.

All this while, large waist circumference has always been associated with inflammation, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels and heart disease, but a recent study pointed out that, a large waist circumference is now linked to higher risk of death from any cause over a nine-year period.

The study which was conducted by Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D and his colleagues at the American Cancer Society, found out that after adjusting for body mass index (BMI) and other risk factors, large waist circumference (47 inches or more in men / 42 inches or more in women) increase the risk of dying by two-folds. Especially in women, such large waist circumference causes the most influence and bring major bad aftermaths to them. But the reason why strong association between waist circumference and mortality among women with low BMI is still unclear. More studies and experiments are needed in the future to further prove this point.

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