A new research suggests that a man’s waist size seems to be a stronger indicator of diabetes risk than the Body Mass Index (BMI).
The study was done on a group of 27,270 men, tracked over 13 years. All the subjects were put into 5 different groups depending on their waist size. Their waist circumference (WC), Waist Hip ratio (WHR) and BMI were measured at baseline.
During 13 years of follow-up 884 cases of diabetes are reported. Compared to the lowest waist size (29 – 34 inches) group, the men with larger waist size were at least twice as likely to have diabetes. The people with the largest waist size (40 inches or more) were up to 12 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes. The final analysis indicated that WC and BMI were similar and better than WHR in predicting the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers concluded that waist size can indicate a strong risk for diabetes whether or not a man’s BMI indicates he is overweight or obese. Moreover it’s a better predictor for the risk of type 2 diabetes. They further recommended that the commonly used 40 inch waist circumference yardstick for diabetes risk should be lowered