Monday, January 14, 2013

GOT BIG WAIST?

Do you have a relatively big waist? Could be (probably is) a sign of metabolic syndrome. According to Dr. Robert Lustig your waist tells more about your health than your weight. His new book is out: Fat Chance. He's got an article in last weeks SF Chronicle. AND if you have time to listen, there's a great interview with him by Diane Rehm.

Note: Metabolic syndrome is present if you have three or more of the following signs:
  • Blood pressure equal to or higher than 130/85 mmHg
  • Fasting blood sugar (glucose) equal to or higher than 100 mg/dL
  • Large waist circumference (length around the waist):
    • Men - 40 inches or more
    • Women - 35 inches or more
  • Low HDL cholesterol:
    • Men - under 40 mg/dL
    • Women - under 50 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides equal to or higher than 150 mg/dL

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