If you're not trying to diet, why would you want to put a tape measure around your waist? Turns out that for women, knowing that number could be a lifesaver.
Researchers provided free cardiovascular profiling to nearly 7,000 women across the country. They found women with a thirty-five inch waist, or more, were more likely to have cardiovascular risk factors. Those risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. The study is in the Journal of Women's Health.
The study also says this is a simple screening every woman can do at home, alone, and all you need is a tape measure. The study was conducted at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and published in the Journal of Women's Health. The measurements were taken at the "2005 Sister To Sister: Everyone Has A Heart Foundation," which took place in 12 cities with 6,930 women participating.
Researchers say the relation between waist circumference and CVD risk may vary among racial and ethnic groups.