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Tummy height tells of heart disease risk: study

TT/The Local · 22 Sep 2010, 07:48

Published: 22 Sep 2010 07:48 GMT+02:00

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The method involves having someone lie on their back and measuring how much his or her stomach sticks up.

Women whose tummies stick up more than 20 centimetres have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, while the risk limit for men’s midsections is 22 centimetres.

And researchers from Uppsala University and Karolinksa Instiutetet in Stockholm have determined that the abdomen measurement method is a better indicator of heart disease risk than other methods, the Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) reports.

“We are actually the first in the world to come up with a measurement for which abdomen heights are associated with a much higher presence of bad cholesterol, blood sugar level disturbances, and other metabolism problems which can contribute to cardiovascular diseases,” doctor Ulf Risérus of Uppsala University told UNT.

Earlier studies have indicated that the slightly more concentrated fat deep within the abdomen which doesn’t drop down to one’s side when a person lies down is the most dangerous.

This started the researchers thinking about trying to measure abdomen height to develop a better risk indicator.

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The study is based on data from 4,000 women and men in the sixties who reside in Stockholm county.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:26 September 22, 2010 by Rick Methven
I thought round was a good shape
09:51 September 22, 2010 by Keith #5083
#Rick Methven

Oval seems to be fairly popular in nature as well, according to Chicken Farms weekly magazine.

Interesting research, but I wonder what allowance is made (or advice given) for the 30% of western people who have gluten allergy (and therefore swelling stomach), or gallbladder problems, or other gastric disorders. Or is this some method for indicating that all of these symptoms are indicative of a metabolic problem (for example an undiagnosed disrhythm problem) ?
10:40 September 22, 2010 by rob582
Get yourself to your local gym, speak with a personal trainer and ask questions like, What is my fat percent?, How can exercise help me?, Is it true that we really have lost touch with regards to our basic knowledge of food and eat crap all the time?

Conditions like type 2 diabetes, obesity, self loathing and an inability to understand that medical procedures are not the way forward in your goal to lose weight speak volumes on the state of our society in general.

Apologies to any of you who have REAL illness's that can affect your body negatively, this comment is not meant for you.
11:28 September 22, 2010 by Keith #5083
".The Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical research establishment in the US, reports that, in general, studies "have demonstrated no or modest weight loss with exercise alone"

In short, it's no use gym-training,exercising, if you don't deal with the dietary issues.

For example, 1 ham and cheese toastie (436 calories) equates to 1 hour and 30 minutes of netball exercise. I average size chocolate (eg Mars bar) is 280 calories= 50 minutes of aqua aerobics.

It's not entirely the foods we are eating, it's the amount of them.The actor, Anthony Hopkins, has lost almost 50% of his weight in the last 2 years by sticking to a rigid 1800 calories a day. He says he's never been fitter.

As for crap food, how come young people are growing so tall..if burgers and pizzas are really so bad?
12:07 September 22, 2010 by LuxVeritas
Millions in fines for corporations that produce cruddy poisonous food, use of Stevia plant as alternative to toxic and poisonous fat producing sweeteners (Diabetes is a multibillion dollar world business generating untold riches for drug companies top elite, that's why we do not have diabetes fighting natural plant sweeteners and in some countries they are illegal (bought corrupt politicians) WAKE UP). Jail time for board members who are chartered with protecting the public when they allow poisons into the manufactured, grown or livestock food supply. Jail time and massive fines for the top owners of Monsantos and Dupont, freeze assets and liquidate their corrupt empires. Corporations to have limited charters, no more CEO, lawyer, elite ordered profit at any ethical or moral price. Quality manufacturing not TTL (Time To Live, product designed to fail to increase consumption) junk for brainwashed mass consumers. There will always be large, thin and athletic people of all shapes and sizes, viva la difference.
14:58 September 22, 2010 by Micaela
In Australia men are encouraged to have a waistline smaller than 100cm and women are encouraged to have a waistline smaller than 80cm. Australia is a fat nation and of course once you are fat it is difficult to get rid of it. Can I suggest that Swedes do not get fat in the first place.
15:31 September 22, 2010 by rob582
A good personal trainer will tell you that 85% of your weight loss goal is all in the nutrition, eat right and you can lose weight, add exercise on top of that and you can speed up the process, increase the ratio between lean muscle mass vs body fat and burn more calories, and why not work on any posture imbalances while you are at it.

Eating every 3 hours and kick starting your metabolism is the key, 3 regular meals with 3 snacks in between and of course watching what you eat and expending more energy that you are consuming.
17:13 September 22, 2010 by deblom
So when you break it down... they spent money researching the fact that fat people are prone to heart problems....

That's mind boggling.
17:53 September 22, 2010 by stateohio905

I love your suggestion. It basically means : sleep 8 ours then 16 active hours divide by 6 meals, it comes to eat every 2. 66 hours....or how I see it: eat all day long, i.e. eat once a day. I am already hungry.....
22:47 September 22, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Actually if you skip meals especially women we go into what is called famine mode where we can survive on 800 calories a day and that slows or stops your metabolism down which is worse for you.
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