Waist Size

Mar. 13, 2017 at 10:20am

Waist Size can be a Health Hazard

You were a pretty good jock in high school, and in your 20s you tried everything from racquetball to running. But in middle age, even your softball glove is gathering dust. For recreation, you surf — the Web, not the waves.

Male attitudes toward health also make men less likely than women to see a doctor.

The fact is, the fat around your abdomen is no laughing matter. A man’s waist circumference, particularly if 40 inches or greater, often warns of later problems ranging from heart disease to cancer, diabetes, arthritis, back pain, and sleep apnea.

Medical professionals are able to predict fairly accurately who is going to have a heart attack based on diet, blood pressure, and body weight. Obese men with Metabolic Syndrome - low HDL (good) cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, elevated glucose and a 40+-inch waistline - are more likely to suffer from a heart attack.

Not all men with Metabolic Syndrome will have heart attacks, of course, but it’s still enough to worry you. Fortunately, men can do something about it by exercising regularly. Try walking 45-minutes a day, three or four days a week. Small changes in exercise habits can pay big dividends.

Posted in Health Info by Joe

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