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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
  • Diabetes
  • 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.

Belly fat and chronic inflammation

Your body mass index is the first step to determine how overweight or obese someone is, Dr. Craig Peters said, an Arizona cardiologist. Read the full story at USA TODAY. 


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