Is Your Belly A Heart Threat?

Men's Health (Singapore) - - HEALTH -

For an ac­cu­rate de­ter­mi­na­tion of heart-at­tack risk caused by ab­dom­i­nal fat, cal­cu­late your waist-hip ra­tio, Mayo Clinic car­di­ol­o­gist Fran­cisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., ad­vises. Here’s how:

1. While stand­ing, wrap a tape mea­sure around your waist about mid­way be­tween your low­est rib and the top of the bony part of your hips. Write down the num­ber.

2. Then mea­sure your hips around the widest part of your but­tocks.

3. Di­vide waist by hips. If the num­ber is 0.9 or higher, you have cen­tral obe­sity and your meta­bolic risks are sub­stan­tially higher.

4. For a more ac­cu­rate as­sess­ment of fat, ask your doc for a dual X-ray ab­sorp­tiom­e­try scan.

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