Dr. Shayesteh: Wider waistline equals shorter lifespan

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Dr. Shayesteh said a new study by the Mayo Clinic that included more than 600,000 people worldwide showed that as waistlines increase, lifespans decrease.

He said too much abdominal fat increases a person’s chances of dying younger from heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Dr. Shayesteh said men with a waistline of 43 inches and above have a 50 percent increased chance of dying younger than men with waistlines of 35 inches. For women, the statistics are even worse. He said women with a waistline of 37 inches and above have an 80 percent increased chance of dying younger than women with a waistline of 27 inches.

He said the research shows that for every 2 inches of extra waistline, a woman’s chances of dying younger increases by 9 percent, while a man’s chances of dying younger increases 7 percent. Dr. Shayesteh said those percentages represent an average of five years life expectancy for people over 40.

He said the best way to measure a waistline is to use a tape measure and measure just above the belly button. He said if the number is more than half of their height, they have too much belly fat.

He explained that too much abdominal fat leads to a syndrome known as metabolic syndrome, which leads to high blood pressure, insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes) and abnormal cholesterol levels. The combination of those three increases a person’s chance for heart disease.

“That extra waistline is not just a pant size issue. It has a significant health consequence,” Dr. Shayesteh said.

For more information on this topic, including how to combat a growing waistline, watch the attached video. 



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