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Size of waist linked to diabetes

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.

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About: Size of waist linked to diabetes

Date: 22 October 2005


Author: Susan Ruttan


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