Women's waistline fat tied to cancer, heart health
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 28, 2008
A new study has found that women with excess fat around their waists, even if they are at normal weight, are at greater risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease than are women with smaller waistlines.
Women with a waist size of 35 or more inches were about twice as likely to die prematurely as were women whose waists measured less than 28 inches. The study was published online April 7 in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Assn.
The researchers analyzed data from more than 44,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study over the course of 16 years to track their medical histories and lifestyles.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2008/04/28/hlbf0428.htm.