Friday, August 24, 2007

Big Bellies Are Bad For Hearts

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It's sad but true. The easiest way to judge someone's age may no longer be to check their driver's license. A simple look at their waistline may suffice.

In quite predictable fashion, as Americans grow up they also "grow out." Especially around the middle. Now researchers are saying this may not only be a sign of the times, but a sign of things to come. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center report a direct correlation between waist size and the risk of heart disease.

Previous studies have shown that larger waistlines increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and heart disease. This study takes things a step further by assessing the link of weight and risk. Interestingly, weight alone is not an accurate predictor of cardiovascular risk.

What does this mean?

Well, it means quite a lot. It means that the millions of people walking about with a smug look on their faces will soon be rendered smugless. The study tells us that even lighter individuals with large waistlines are at risk. Yikes! How many people do you see each day without an extra portion around the middle?

Is there a quick fix? Ahem...

As in all things of value, there is no quick fix. A fix certainly, but one which requires effort and persistence. However, the first step in the process is really quite simple, and will have long lasting benefits: Step away from the table and put down the fork...

Ah - you're looking better already.

To read more about the study, see this from Reuters. To learn more about a variety of ways to lead a healthy life, see this from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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