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Excess weight on the waist

An American study has linked high blood pressure in women to excess fat carried on the waist.

Researchers found that excessive amounts of abdominal fat increased the risk of high blood pressure in women by 47%.

The waist study

Researchers used CT scans to measure abdominal fat and fat just beneath the skin in over 1500 Americans. The measurements were then compared to their blood pressure levels.

Women with excessive abdominal fat increased their risk of high blood pressure by 47%, but did not have a significant effect in men. The researchers found that the risk was the same regardless of overall body fat levels.

Researchers comments

Researcher Dr Foy from Wake Forest University School of Medicine said, “Physicians have excellent opportunities to perform brief, simple assessments such as measuring waist circumference, that could provide useful information to patients regarding abdominal obesity.”

The research was published in American Journal of Hypertension.


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