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Women's Waist Size, Heart Risk More Linked Than for Men: Study

Women's Waist Size, Heart Risk More Linked Than for Men: Study

Women's waist size is linked to their heart attack risk, according to a new study. (Darrinhenry/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:38 PM

Women with a bigger waist size relative to their hips have a greater heart attack risk than men with the same measurements, according to a new study. 

The study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association interviewed nearly 500,000 adults ages 40 to 69 from the U.K., the BBC reported.

A lower waist-to-hip ratio was an 18 percent better predictor of heart attack than obesity alone for women, and only a 6 percent better predictor for men, the study showed. A high BMI was associated with heart disease in both sexes, the BBC reported. 

According to Medical News Today, women tend to have more subcutaneous fat while men have more visceral fat, which builds around the internal organs and may cause insulin resistance and other cardiometabolic problems.

“More intensive screening for the risk and development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in individuals with an apple shape might help prevent the onset of disease, especially in women,” George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford and lead study author Sanne Peters said, the American Heart Association reported.

According to the CDC, 38 percent of U.S. women are considered obese, while only 34 percent of men fit that designation.

Women with a waist size greater than 35 inches and men with a waist size larger than 40 inches have a higher risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, the AHA said. 

“We now know that women have to be especially careful,” said University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health Goutham Rao said, the AHA reported. “We already knew having a big waist was a risk factor for the general population, but what’s interesting about the study is that women were especially affected by that specific risk.”

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