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Waist Measurement and Heart Disease

Did you know that your waist measurement is a great diagnostic tool for measuring your risk for heart disease?

Well, according to the Mayo Clinic men with waist measurements of 40 inches and women with measurement of 35 inches, accompanied by a BMI — Body Mass Index of 25 or less, have a greater risk for heart disease.

Why, you might ask, is your waist size relevant to the health of your heart? It is due to your omentum — the fat organ attached to your stomach and liver. The omentum's only job is to store fat and make it easily accessible to the body and brain. The problem is that the omentum is very good at its job and it makes belly fat all too easy to access (as opposed to fat on your thighs or booty). The fat enters your bloodstream where it creates an inflammatory process and irritates your arteries and puts you at risk for blocked arteries. So it is much better to have a pear shaped body and be thick in your hips than to have a round shaped apple body.

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