Foodconsumer.org

 
USCards.com Bookmark Us
All Food, Diet and Health News 
 
 Misc. News
 Must-Read News
 Letter to Editor
 Featured Products
 Recalls & Alerts
 Consumer Affair
 Non-food Things
 Health Tips
 Interesting Sites
 
 Diet & Health
 Heart & Blood
 Cancer
 Body Weight
 Children & Women
 General Health
 Nutrition
 
 Food & Health
 Food Chemicals
 Biological Agents
 Cooking & Packing
 Technologies
 Agri. & Environ.
 Laws & Politics
 
 General Health
 Drug News
 Diseases
 Mental Health
 Infectious Disease
 Environment
 Lifestyle
 Government
 Other News
 
 Food Consumer
 FC News & Others
Search





Search Foodconsumer & Others


Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo
Newsfeed

foodconsumer.org news feed
Su bmit news[release]



More than 100 credit cards available at uscards.com from uscards.com, you can pick more than 100 credit cards


Diet & Health : Body Weight Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Belly fat ups early death risk
By David Liu
Nov 17, 2008 - 8:43:55 AM

E.mail t.his a.rticle
 P.rinter f.riendly p.age
Get n.ewsletter
 
   

Vitami.n C lowers bloo.d pressur.e


Having too much belly fat or abdominal obesity may put you at a higher risk of premature death from all causes, a new study suggests.

 

The study led by Tobias Pischon, MD, MPH and colleagues at the Department of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition showed that people with the most belly fat were almost twice as likely to die prematurely as people with the least amount.

 

For the study reported in the Nov. 12, 2008 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Pischon and team followed 359,387 European men and women for nearly 10 years. During the follow-up, 14,723 of the participants died.

 

The researchers were able to associate waist circumference and waist-to-hip measurements, indicators of abdominal obesity, with a higher risk of early death even after overweight and obesity as measured by BMI were adjusted.

 

They found men and women who had largest waists were twice as likely to die prematurely as those who had the smallest waists. Specifically, for each 2-inch increase in waist circumference, the death risk was increased by 17 percent in men and 13 percent in women.

 

It has been known for long that people with excess weight around their middles have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.    But increased risk of premature death in those with large amounts of belly fat should be understandable.

 

One previous study reported in the October 15, 2006 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that women with excess abdominal fat may face a higher risk of dying from breast cancer.

 

For the study, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looked at data for 1,254 women ages 20 to 54, who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 1990 and 1992, to determine how abdominal fat may affect the chance of survival from breast cancer in women.

 

The researchers found that women whose waist-to-hip ratios were greater than 0.80 were 52 percent more likely to die from the cancer than women with normal ratios. A high waist to hip ratio indicates a high amount of abdominal fat.

 

Additionally, they said that obesity seems to have an overall adverse effect on surviving cancer. Women with a body mass index greater than 30, indicative of obesity, had a 48 percent greater chance of dying from breast cancer than women with a normal BMI that is below 30.

 

For those who had both a high BMI (higher than 25) and a high waist to hip ratio (higher than 0.8), their risk of dying from breast cancer increased by 92 percent, according to the study.

 

Another study reported in the May, 2005 issue of the journal, Stroke suggests that the amount of abdominal fat is a stronger indicator of stroke risk. The study found that men with lots of abdominal fat are at a higher risk of a fetal stroke.

 

The study researchers at Tel-Aviv University and the Chami Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer, Israel followed more than 9,100 Israeli men aged 40 years or older for 23 years. By the end of the study, 316 study participants had died of a stroke.

 

The study found that men with excess abdominal fat, regardless of their body mass index (BMI), were more likely to die of a stroke compared with those with their body fat evenly distributed.

 

Overall, a higher BMI indicated a higher risk of having a fatal stroke. However, the amount of abdominal fat was a stronger indicator of stroke risk.


(Also contributed by Diana Simms and John Roberts)





© 2004-2008 by foodconsumer.org unless otherwise specified

Top of Page




Google
 
Web foodconsumer.org

Search Consumer-friendly Health Sites












We have moved to Food Consumer . Org



disclaimer | advertising | jobs | privacy | about us | newsletter | Submit news/articles
link partners: | Buy Viagra | MarketAmerica.com |
Buy a home | Auto Insurance | Mortgage refinancing | DaytonaCPA.com | Take Your Blog to a Higher Level
© Copyright 2004 - 2008 foodconsumer.org All rights reserved

Disclaimer: What's published on this website should be considered opinions of respective writers only and foodconsumer.org which has no political agenda nor commercial ambition may or may not endorse any opinion of any writer. No accuracy is guaranteed although writers are doing their best to provide accurate information only. The information on this website should not be construed as medical advice and should not be used to replace professional services provided by qualified or licensed health care workers. The site serves only as a platform for writers and readers to share knowledge, experience, and information from the scientific community, organizations, government agencies and individuals. Foodconsumer.org encourages readers who have had medical conditions to consult with licensed health care providers - conventional and or alternative medical practitioners.