Monday, August 20, 2007

Waist-to-hip better predictor than obesity

Waist-to-hip better predictor than obesity

DALLAS (UPI) -- A larger waist-to-hip ratio may predict future heart
disease better than body mass index, U.S. researchers found.

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in
Dallas said that people who develop fat around their middle have more
atherosclerotic plaque than those who have smaller waist-to-hip

Senior author Dr. James De Lemos said the risk was the same for both
men and women who develop abdominal fat.

Nearly 3,000 individuals aged 18 to 65 participated in the study and
they received a total of three medical visits each, which included an
in-home health survey, blood and urine collection and a detailed
clinical exam complete with abdominal magnetic resonance imaging and
coronary artery calcium scans.

Calcium was more likely to be found in the arteries of patients with
the greatest waist-to-hip ratio and those with the largest
waist-to-hip ratio had a twofold increase in the incidence of calcium
deposits -- a strong indicator of future cardiovascular issues
including heart attacks, reported the study published in the Journal
of the American College of Cardiology.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

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