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Ratio Can Indicate Risk Factors
Studies have shown that the shape of your
body can be correlated to higher risks for
health problems such as heart disease, stroke,
hypertension and diabetes. By measuring the
ratio of your waist size to your hip size, you
can determine your body type and levels of risk.
In general, the higher your waist-to-hip ratio
is, the higher your health risks may be,
regardless of how tall or big-boned you are.
People are classified into three shapes.
Pear-shaped people tend to acquire fat on their
hips where it is least harmful to one's health.
Apple-shaped people gather fat at their waists
and in their torsos. Squash-shaped people are in
between pears and apples.
In general, the
greater your waist-to-hip ratio, the greater
your health risks. For example, one study
indicates that apple-shaped men have a stroke
risk that is three times higher than men who are
pear-shaped. Having an increased risk for a
particular condition does not mean that you will
necessarily develop it. However, knowing you may
be at an increased risk may encourage you to
work with your doctor to make changes that could
help lower your risk.
Find out if you are
at risk. Click here
to determine your waist-to-hip ratio.
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