MAYO CLINIC: Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy, 6/26/2014

June 26, 2014

Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy

Believe it or not, there are other ways to monitor your health at home besides stepping on a scale. Waist circumference is a simple measurement that can be done at home with a measuring tape. Waist circumference can be an indicator of excess abdominal fat which can be associated with diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Researchers have found that men with a waist circumference of 43 inches were at a 52% greater risk of death than men with a 37 inch waist. More startling for women, a 37 inch waist circumference increased risk of death by 80% when compared with women with a 27.5 inch waist.

Do you know your waist circumference?

Follow these steps for proper measurement:

  1. Locate your hip bone on your abdomen.
  2. Wrap a measuring tape around your body at this level. It should be snug but not pressing into your skin.
  3. Relax, exhale and read the measurement.
  4. If your number is high, think about what lifestyle changes you could make to decrease your waist circumference such as being more physically active and eating well.

 

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