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Waist Size Tied to Men’s Health Risks

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:57 AM

Experts have come up with a new way to measure men’s overall health – by waist size. Cornell University researchers have found men whose waists measure nearly 40 inches or more have three times as many urinary problems – as well as greater risks of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and sexual problems – than men with smaller belt sizes.
The findings, published in the British Journal of Urology International, are based on an analysis of 409 men aged 40 to 91 years with moderate or severe lower urinary tract problems that cause frequent urination over a 2.5-year period. Cornell researcher Dr. Steven A Kaplan noted frequent urination can be a symptom of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of health problems that raises the risk of heart disease.
"The global epidemic of obesity and diabetes had led to a striking increase in the number of people with metabolic syndrome, which includes central obesity, glucose intolerance and high cholesterol and blood pressure levels" said Kaplan.
"Together, these have been traditionally associated with an increased risk of heart disease and sexual problems. However, emerging data now suggest that metabolic syndrome may have [an] unrecognized effect on how often men urinate. Our study sought to examine the relationship between men's waist measurements and how often they urinate."
Among the study’s key findings:
• Of the 409 men, 37.5 percent had a waist size of less than 35.4 inches, about a third had belt sizes of between about 36 and 39.4 and 29 percent had higher measurements.
• Larger waist size was associated with more frequent urination – 39 percent of the men in the large waist group urinated more than eight times in 24 hours, compared with 27 percent in the middle group and 16 percent of men with the smallest waists.
• Men with larger waists reported more erection problems than the others (74.5 percent, 50 percent and 32 percent, respectively). They were also more likely to have high blood pressure (33.5 percent, 22 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively), coronary artery disease (29 percent, 17 percent and 8 percent), type 2 diabetes (33 percent, 16 percent and 11 percent) and elevated cholesterol.

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