New research in Stroke claims large waist circumference may boost stroke risk, even transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke. Scientists studied overweight individuals and determined, after accounting for confounding factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, inactivity and smoking, people with fat around the middle still had an increased risk of stroke; Reuters investigates.
Actually, just the other day, another studied showed even a tiny bit of belly fat ups heart risk and previous reports have determined large waist circumference increases death risk and cancer risk, a staunch warning for girls with muffin tops and fat guys in tight gym clothes. Eek!
People might tell you that chub around your waist is cute, but as Dr. Fuhrman points out, it’s a good indicator that you’ve still got weight to lose, doubly relevant for all those upcoming New Year’s resolutions.