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The extent of abdominal wall fat is a key indicator for the development of type 2 diabetes and doctors are encouraging colleagues to include abdominal girth measurements in their examinations. Waist size is correlated to a person’s risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Abdominal fat is also easily lost with a low fat diet and exercise relative to fat on the thighs and buttocks, as it has a faster metabolism. Men are more likely to accumulate fat around their midline, ‘beer bellies’, and are therefore at higher risk.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Canada.com
About: Size of waist linked to diabetes
Date: 22 October 2005
Author: Susan Ruttan
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