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A Woman’s Heart, How Round is Too Round?

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Much to my chagrin, it seems like every health problem we women have comes back to our Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight. Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us know that our weight and BMI impacts our health. What we may not realize is that where we carry our weight is also a risk factor in developing cardiovascular disease.

If we carry our weight in our waist versus hips or thighs, we’re at a greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease. And ladies, this is not the worst part. Waist circumference is a risk factor even if your BMI falls within the normal range!

This news was a real bummer! I say this because while I am a “little” overweight. Despite that, I always enjoyed a relatively flat stomach until menopause hit with a vengeance and my shape changed from a nice little “pear” to a fat round “apple” seemingly overnight. This news only added another card to the cardiovascular risk factor disease hand that I’m playing out. It’s one more risk factor to be addressed and I don’t like it!

How Round is Too Round?
So, how “round” is too “round?” Just what is a healthy waist measurement? The answer depends on your age, gender and ethnicity. The numbers are as follows:

1. Woman of European, Caucasian, African, Eastern Mediterranean, or of Middle Eastern descent: You are at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease if your waist measurement is more than 35 inches. (The magic number for men is 40 inches.)

2. Woman of South Asian, Malaysian, Asian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Ethnic South or Center American descent: You are at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease if your waist measurement is more than 32 inches. (For men, the number is 35 inches.)

(Note: The Heart and Stroke Foundation has an excellent video of how to properly measure your waist. Links are below under sources.)

I fall into group “1” above. I’m sorry to say that my “apple” is more than 35 inches. This is a risk factor for me and I have some work to do.

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Mary; not that I am going to chime in on a subject regarding a womans weight (I might be a man but I'M NO IDIOT) but I do have a bit of info for some of the ladies who are interested.
The wife are both overweight and knew we needed to lose it. Judi had stents in her heart last year and did rehab but just couldn't drop the weight. We exercised every day and tried to diet but I guess we just weren't dedicated enough. Make no mistake about it, being beautiful and fit is hard work. We just couldn't lose any weight. Until, my sister in law introduced us to a diet that has been around since 1954. This Dr (I can't recall the name right now) set forth a plan to lose weight without exercise. Anyway, Judi and I went on it July 6, 2009 and by July 26, 2009 I had lost 23lbs and three pants sizes and she had lost 15lbs I went from 218 lbs to 197lbs in only three weeks, without exercising and on a simple diet that required no special purchased foods or drinks. We are currently on the secound round and Judi has a goal to loose another 15lbs. She has already lost another 5lbs. Anyone interested how to lose the weight this quick and easy? Go to www.youtube.com and enter hcg diet in the search block. You will get more information thanyou can believe on the subject. Now do it and get healthy and georgeous

August 30, 2009 - 12:14pm

What a thorough, educating and motivating share. Thank you so much!

August 26, 2009 - 9:14am
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