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A Big Waist + Diabetes = Bigger Risk of Stroke

Apr 10, 2002

Losing Girth and Weight Shrinks Many Health Problems Too much body fat puts people at high risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — we know that. Now, it seems that extra girth in your stomach may mean a stroke, according to a study presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

In it, researchers analyzed more than 570 stroke victims, and compared them with more than 1,100 people who didn’t have a stroke. They looked at the waist-to-hip ratio — how big their waist is relative to their hips. The stroke group had the biggest waist-to-hip ratio — the biggest bellies.

Waist-to-hip ratio may be a critical indicator of stroke risk, says study author Seung-Han Suk, MD, of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, in a news release.

People should be educated about the waist-to-hip ratio factor — as well as general weight management — in stroke prevention programs, he says.