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Thick Thighs Mean Healthy Heart?

How Big Are Your Thighs?

Recently I asked you about the strength of your tummy, but now I want to know the size of your thighs. The reason? Big thighs might be a sign of cardiovascular health and longevity. After focusing on waist size as a risk factor for heart diseases, measuring the thighs seems more than a little counter-intuitive. But a long-term Danish study of 3,000 adults found that thigh circumference worked as an indicator for risk of an early death. Men and women with thighs measuring 60 centimeters, or 23.6 inches, around had a lower risk of heart disease. The measurement is taken at the very top of the thigh, just below the crease of your seat. The research team believes that folks with narrow thighs do not have enough overall muscle mass to properly process insulin, and this increases their risk for type 2 diabetes, which raises their risk for developing heart disease. The lack of leg muscle might also indicate a lack of exercise, which we know is not good for your ticker either.

Health professionals, from cardiologists to obesity experts, find the results of the Danish thigh study interesting but feel the findings need to be corroborated and researched further. I feel thigh circumference, as an indicator of long-term heart health might need to be placed in a ratio with height. Regardless, as a woman with muscular thighs, this is some of the best news I have heard in a while. If you are looking to add some muscles to your thighs, try squats and lunges.

Tell me now, what is the state of your thighs?

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selton selton 6 years a guy...but i only have 18 inches not that skinny, i have some muscles there.:) maybe im thin 5.11 tall and 160 lbs...i would like to be about 20 inches...i think that if your thighs is over 23 inches are big..or is it just me..? it deppends offcorse how your build.. all my girlfried has allways had much bigger thighs and calves then me...
femmeriots femmeriots 7 years
i'm 5'3 and have about 17.7-inch thighs. im a long distance runner so its mostly toned muscle.
Calekey Calekey 8 years
19" muscular thighs, and a petite 5'2".
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 8 years
This research seems flawed. It seems that just as having thighs that are too large could be a sign of health risks just as having ones that are too skinny. I remain skeptical as they did not also provide an "upper limit" on thigh size.
hulda hulda 8 years thighs are just on 16 inches, and I'm no stick insect, plus I run, so they're fairly muscular. I am, however, extremely short -only 4ft10- so the formula may not work so well for the likes of me.
courtneyd courtneyd 8 years
My thighs are around 24.5 inches. They're quite strong, but like someone else said, there's a healthy layer of fat on top too. I keep most of my fat there and in my butt.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
I used to be a fit model and got measured every week... Torture... We had to have 'small' thighs for being 5'10"!! I measure about 24. But I'm way taller than most of you who have posted. :oops:
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I am a petite size six. Use to be petite size four in my twenties. I always had muscular thighs and they measure around 20". That's plenty big for me, and even when I do lose weight my legs never appear as thin. I have a big back muscle there that sticks out. It always amazes me when I see model thin thighs on other women without that muscle there. But so many body types are out there.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
It looks like that model's thighs are only about 18 inches around.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
Mine are about 20 inches around, but definitely large compared to the rest of me. Let me mention again how much I hate skinny jeans. I have to go up two sizes to get my legs into them, and then they're gaping at the waist.
breesays breesays 8 years
22 and muscular. They're an inch smaller when I don't work out AT ALL, but that's not healthy and stuff.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
Hm, 20.1, and my thighs aren't muscular at all... I was already trying to get some muscle tone on my legs, so I guess this study is extra motivation!
rafaela-losardo rafaela-losardo 8 years
I'm skinny so about 21 inches...but I'm not concerned, I'm very healthy
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Mine are only about 20-21", but I'm small-framed so they're big in comparison to the rest of my body. I've always thought having nice thick muscular thighs had to have an up side somewhere. Good to know!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Mine are only 22, but I really think that I have plenty of muscle. I'm just a smaller-framed person, so a really muscular thigh would look out of proportion.
adelaidekay adelaidekay 8 years
Mine are 23, but muscular. Most of my family have really skinny chicken legs. My calves are muscular & big I don't like them. They got that way from working out on the treadmill.
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