Get out the tape measure for this story. It could help save your life. A new study from a Mayo Clinic researcher shows having a wider waistline may shorten your life span.
The study found men with a waist larger than 43 inches, and women with a waist line over 37 – inches were at an increased risk of dying younger from conditions like heart disease, lung problems and cancer.
The link between a big belly and increased death risk was seen even for people whose body mass index (BMI) was within the healthy range.
Researchers say doctors need to look at waist circumference as well as BMI when assessing patient health.