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Know Your Waist Circumference
Created on 2/28/2014

Waist circumference - a term that does not induce excitement, that might even bring up concerns about weight gain, fitness, and more. And yet...

waist circumference is an effective tool in determining future risk for chronic illness, such as diabetes and heart disease.

There's a little debate about the best place on your abdomen to determine waist circumference, but most experts feel if you place the tape measure around your belly just above the belly button you'll get a useful measurement.

The usefulness of the measurement varies, however, with body mass index (BMI) and is different for men and women - generally, to lessen your risk for diabetes and heart disease you want your waist circumference to be:

Less than or equal to 102 cm (40 inches) for men

Less than or equal to 88 cm (35 inches) for women

You can measure waist circumference at home or have your doctor do it for you. Don't hold your stomach in during the measurement - that's cheating (!) and the information won't be as helpful to you.
If your waist circumference is higher than recommended it DOES NOT mean you will get diabetes or heart disease -

it means you could benefit from taking action to get healthier, such as eating a healthy diet and perhaps getting a little more physically active. Your doctor can best help you decide how to move forward and lessen your risk for illness.

Waist circumference - such an easy tool.

And when properly used, this tool can help you learn about your body and help guide you towards being healthier.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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