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Two-minute warning: December 21, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Quick test, Routine physical exam, Sweating.
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It shouldn’t take the place of a routine physical exam, but here’s a quick test you can do right now to determine your risk for heart disease.  And it doesn’t involve sweating, unless that’s something you normally do just standing still.  Measure your waist at your belly button with a measuring tape (no sucking in the gut, okey?).  Now divide that number by your height in inches.  If the result is more than 0.26, you could be headed for a weight-related health problem, such as heart disease or diabetes. 

Researchers in Japan compared waist/height ratio, waist/hip ratio and body-mass index in more than 3,000 men and found that waist/height was a more accurate predictor of heart disease than the commonly used waist/hip ratio.  Besides, they say, waist/height is easy for most men to measure.  If your number is on the high side, don’t be alarmed.  Just bring it up at your next check-up.  Your doctor may suggest you start a moderate exercise program to trim down.

 

Ref: men’shealth

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