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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."


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