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Although obesity has long been known to be a risk factor for heart disease, several studies have found that a high body mass index is actually associated with a lower risk of dying from heart ailments. However, according to a new analysis, the apparent paradox may be explained by the simple fact that BMI is a very flawed measurement.
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The study revealed that waist size provides a far more accurate way to predict a heart patient’s chances of dying at an early age from a heart attack or other causes.
“As in previous studies, a high BMI was associated with a lower risk of death. But researchers found that heart patients with a high ratio of waist-to-hip circumference or a large waist size — greater than 35 inches for women, or 40 inches for men — were 70 percent more likely to die during the study period than those with smaller waists. The combination of a large waist and a high BMI upped the risk of death even more.”
*CNN May 2, 2011
Posted By Dr. Mercola | May 20 2011
- Waist Size Predicts Heart Disease Better Than Weight (huffingtonpost.com)
- Waist fat ‘increases heart risk’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Belly Fat + Heart Disease Can Be Deadly (nlm.nih.gov)
- Belly fat key for heart patient risk: study (cbc.ca)
- Beer belly or muffin top double mortality risk in heart disease patients (news.bioscholar.com)
- Belly Fat in Heart Patients Raises Death Risk (webmd.com)
- “A little belly fat can double the risk of death in coronary artery disease patients” and related posts (sciencecodex.com)
- Bigger Belly, Bigger Heart Risk (online.wsj.com)
- A little belly fat can double the risk of death in coronary artery disease patients (eurekalert.org)