Date
23 October 2017
Abdominal fat is a better indicator of a person's chances of getting diabetes than BMI (body mass index), which a ratio of weight to height, according to British health experts. Photo: Bloomberg
Abdominal fat is a better indicator of a person's chances of getting diabetes than BMI (body mass index), which a ratio of weight to height, according to British health experts. Photo: Bloomberg

What your belly says about diabetes risk

If you’re wondering whether you’re prone to diabetes, watch your waist, no so much your weight.

Body mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height, has been widely used to calculate a person’s predisposition to obesity, which has a direct correlation to diabetes risk.

But it turns out belly fat is a better indicator of one’s chances of getting type 2 diabetes which can lead to blindness, amputations and early death, Britain’s The Guadian reports, citing a British government nutritionist.

Men who are more than 40 inches around the middle — not below the belly — are five times more likely to get type 2 diabetes than men with a smaller waistline.

And women with a 35-inch waistline or more are three times more prone to the disease than others, the report said.

Still, excessive body weight should not be taken lightly.

“The single best thing you can do to address the problem is to lose weight,” Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, was quoted as saying.

Public Health England said excess weight is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes. About 90 percent of people with the disease are overweight.

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