Fight that waistline flab and ward off illnesss
Those extra inches are putting them at higher risk of infertility and diseases, such as like breast, womb, ovarian and liver cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The dangers of a “muffin top” were highlighted in a survey by Nuffield Health,
theUK’s largest healthcare charity,
Analysing the “health MoT” data of 54,000 people, it found that most women’s waistlines were in the “high health-risk” category, measuring an average 1.8 inches more than the healthy size of less than 31.5ins.
Dr Davina Deniszczyc, the charity’s head of physicians and diagnostics, said: “This isn’t about women fitting into their skinny jeans; rather, it’s an important indicator of overall health and well-being.”
By coincidence, scientists have revealed that a simple jab can cut 3.5ins from the waistlines of overweight, middle-aged men – and, presumably, it will apply to women as well.
Volunteers in a study lost, on average, 2st 8lbs after they were given injections of testosterone. The research was based on 255 men from their 40s to their 80s, weighing on average 16st 12lbs.
Those given a jab of the male hormone testosterone undecanoate showed permanent weight loss. By the end of the five-year study, the men’s average weight had fallen to 14st 4lbs and their waist had shrunk by an average of 3.5ins.
Farid Saad, who presented the results to The Endocrine Society inTexas, said: “There is a vicious circle in obesity and testosterone. Obesity is associated with reduced testosterone.”
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