Are You At Risk of Diabetes ? — Look at your Waist size NOW !

 

Waist size linked to Type 2 diabetes risk irregardless of BMI

 

Waistline affect diabetes

Waistline affect diabetes

 

Your waist size is a good indicator of your risk of insulin resistance, which is an early stage in the development of diabetes and heart disease.

Already recognised as a sign of potential cardiovascular disease , Swedish scientists say Waist circumference can be used to gauge sensitivity to insulin too.

“A waist circumference of less than 100 cm excludes individuals of both sexes from being at risk of being insulin resistant,” Hans Wahrenberg, of the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, said in a study reported by the British Medical Journal.

People who suffer from insulin resistance do not use insulin properly.

They may have levels of blood sugars higher than normal but not yet in the range indicating pre-diabetes, which raises the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Sufferers of Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, do not make enough or do not properly use insulin.

Excess weight is a leading and avoidable risk factor for the illness.

The Swedish researchers studied 2,746 men and women aged 18 to 72 who had waists ranging from 65 to 150 centimetres.

They measured their height, weight, waist and hip sizes and took a blood sample to test insulin sensitivity.

They found that waist size was a strong predictor of insulin resistance.

“Waist circumference is a simple tool to exclude insulin resistance and to identify those at greatest risk,” Mr Wahrenberg said.



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