Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Body Mass And Waist Size Can Predict Heart Disease

A large 10-year study found that half of all fatal heart disease cases and a quarter of all non-fatal cases are linked to being overweight and having a high body mass index (BMI) or large waist. Body mass index and waist circumference are well known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases but the Dutch researchers said their work showed BMI and waist size could actually help predict the risk of dying from or developing heart disease. ‘What this study shows is the substantial effect which (being) overweight and obesity have on cardiovascular disease, whether fatal of non-fatal,’ said Ineke van Dis from the Netherlands Heart Foundation, who led the study. ‘In the near future the impact of obesity on the burden of heart disease will be even greater.’”


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