My Account
About Us
Contact us
الواجهة العربية
Medical News Medical News
Aricles Articles
Events Events
Guidelines Guidelines
Videos Library Videos Library
Diseases Diseases
Follow us : facebook twitter Digg Linkedin Boxiz

Please select the categories you are intersted in:
News Articles Guidelines Events Videos Journals' abstracts

Latest Subscribers
Advanced Search »

Waist circumference can be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes

Waist circumference can be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes

(epharmanews)- If you keep convincing yourself that the fat around your waist is within acceptable limits, think again: a new study has found that the larger your waist circumference, the greater your risk for type 2 diabetes.

The study, published in PLoS Medicine, found that apple shaped (i.e. people with large waists) were more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes than pear shaped people (i.e. people with more fat around their hips and lower body).

Researchers examined the association between waist circumference, body-mass index (BMI, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight) and type 2 diabetes.

They found that each of waist circumference and BMI independently increase the risk diabetes. However, waist circumference increases this risk in women more than men.

A person’s BMI should not be over 24, while waist circumference should not exceed a 100cm for men and 88cm for women.

Dr. Claudia Langenberg, from the Medical Research Council (MRC) epidemiology unit in Cambridge, which led the study, said: "Type 2 diabetes is a serious and increasingly common disease. More than a third of the UK adult population is overweight and at
increased risk of diabetes, but they are not systematically monitored for this risk."

"We do not suggest replacing BMI as a core health indicator, but our results show that measuring waist size in overweight patients allows doctors to 'zoom in' on this large population group and identify those at highest risk of diabetes.

“These people can then be offered lifestyle advice, which can reduce their risk of developing the disease."

اضغط هنا للقراءة باللغة العربية

Prepared by: Laila Nour

Source :


Other Comments

Add a comment

You must sign in to use this servcie


facebook comments

Forgot your password

sign up

Consultants Corner

Dr. Talal Sabouni


Dr . Dirar Abboud

Dr . Dirar Abboud Hepatologist – Gastroenterologist

Yaser Habrawi , F.R.C.S.Ed

Yaser Habrawi , F.R.C.S.Ed Consultant Ophthalmologist

Dr. Hani Najjar

Dr. Hani Najjar Pediatrics, Neurology

Samir Moussa M.D.

Samir Moussa M.D. ENT Specialist

Dr. Faisal Dibsi

Dr. Faisal Dibsi Specialist of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Samer Al-Jneidy

Dr. Samer Al-Jneidy Pediatrician

Dr. Tahsin Martini

Dr. Tahsin Martini Degree status: M.D. in Ophthalmology

Which of the following you are mostly interested in?

Cancer Research
Mental Health
Heart Disease & Diabetes
Sexual Health
Obesity and Healthy Diets
Mother & Child Health

Disclaimer : This site does not endorse or recommend any medical treatment, pharmaceuticals or brand names. More Details