Your waistline gives hints about your heart risks, experts say

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  • A recent scientific statement from American experts showed  that measuring a person’s waist circumference may help in determining his/her cardiovascular risks
  • This must go along with measuring the body mass index
  • They recommended measuring the waistline because as people age, the distribution of fat may shift to different parts of the body

We are measuring our waistline size only for fitting purposes.

However, a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association showed that our waistline can actually be a cardiovascular risk marker or it can basically give us a clue about our heart disease risk.

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“More recent data highlight abdominal obesity, as determined by waist circumference, as a cardiovascular disease risk marker that is independent of body mass index,” the experts said.

With this, they suggest that doctors also routinely measure patients’ waist circumference on top of the body mass index (BMI) as this may be crucial in determining the health risks of a patient.

“Patients should have their BMI and waist circumference measured not only for the initial assessment of the degree of overweight and obesity but also as a guide to the efficacy of weight loss treatment,” the experts further said.

Other experts backed the scientific statement saying that while BMI shows a relatively clear picture of a person’s overall body fat, it does not exactly provide where the fat is located, thus waist line should be measured.

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It was also explained that people who carry a lot of weight in their abdomen, or has an apple-shaped body, are most likely to develop heart risk; while those who carry more weight around their hips and thighs, or has pear-shaped body, have lower health risk.

“If most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men,” a statement said.

In order to determine whether a person has a high or low risk of heart complications, their body shapes must also be determined through measuring their waist circumference.

It was also noted that even the BMI and overall weight stays the same as you grow old, fat distribution may shift to other parts of the body like the abdomen.