Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Fat waist linked to heart attacks

Medical news:
A body mass index greater than 28.2 in women or 28.6 in men did indicate an increased risk of heart attack, but the relationship disappeared after adjusting for age, sex, geographic region and tobacco use.

Waist-to-hip ratio, on the other hand, showed a continuous relationship to heart attack risk even after adjusting for other risk factors. Those in the highest fifth were 2.52 times as likely to have a heart attack as those in the lowest
This is more evidence that BMI is worthless. People with a BMI of 26 live the longest, even tho that is considered overweight.