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Your waist size can be an important measure of
Waist circumference is an
indirect indicator of intra-abdominal fat tissue, often called visceral fat. A
large waist circumference is associated with an increased risk of type 2
diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease
because of excess abdominal fat.
To measure your waist circumference
, place a tape measure around your body at the top of your
hipbone. This is usually at the level of your belly button. You are at
increased risk for health problems if you are:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofOctober 13, 2016
Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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