Ask a Doc: How your waist size affects your health
(USA TODAY) A larger-than-ideal waist is not only less than great for fitting into your clothes, it also has health risks, according to Craig Peters, a cardiologist with HonorHealth.
Here are the sobering facts.
A waist circumference of greater than 40 inches for men and greater than 35 inches for women is considered indicative of abdominal obesity.
It carries with it increased risk for:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood cholesterol, triglycerides or both
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Waist measurement has an even lower threshold when it comes to cancer risk.
A waist circumference of more than 31.5 inches in women or more than 37 inches for men can raise the risk for colorectal, prostate, breast and other cancers, said Terri Taylor, a registered dietitian.
Every inch above those measurements can increase your risk for colorectal cancer by 5 percent, she said.
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