Waist circumference (distance
around the waist) is a common measure
used to check for fat held around the stomach. Having extra body fat around the
stomach-more than 35 in. (88 cm) for women and
40 in. (102 cm) for
men-increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
How to measure waist
circumference: Place a tape measure around your
body at the top of your hipbone. This is usually at the level of your belly
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Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist
Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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