Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Proactive Health #1 - Waist measurements and your chronic disease risk

by Naomi (follow)
For my recipes recipeyum.com.au/cookbook/108127/ and healthy options and tips on healthyhints.com.au/profile/108127/
Self Help & Improvement (68)      Health & Wellbeing (2)     
Measuring your waist is a quick, simple and powerful tool that you can do at home to help understand your chronic disease risk.

How does it determine your health risk?
Your waist measurement indicates the level of fat deposits around your heart, kidneys, liver, digestive organs and pancreas. These deposits can increase the risk of chronic diseases

Generally, in adults the larger your waist circumference, the higher your risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

These measurements do not apply to children, pregnant women or people from certain ethnicities, who naturally have different body shapes. If you are an Indigenous Australian, Pacific or South Sea Islander or Asian it is recommended you talk to your doctor for more information.

Measure your waist
One simple check. Measure your waist to determine chronic disease risk

What measurements determine risk?
Based on World Health Organization and National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, waist measurements greater than:
94 cm / 37 inches or more for men
80 cm / 31.5 inches or more for women
indicates a higher level of fat deposits and increased risk of chronic disease.  

Measure your waist
Waist circumference

To measure your waist circumference:
use a tape measure
remove bulky clothing (jacket, coat etc), loosen your belt and empty your pockets.
stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
wrap the tape around your belly, directly against your skin and breathe out normally.
place the tape measure halfway between the bottom of your lowest rib and the top of your hip bones, roughly in line with your belly button. It should be loose enough for you to be able to slip a finger inside the tape.
record your waist measurement in centimetres.

What to do next
Measuring your waist is an important proactive step for your wellbeing. In addition, set aside some time to do a health self assessment including your daily exercise routine, mental health, eating, drinking and sleep patterns.

Family fun - exercising
Your doctor will ask you about your lifestyle

If your waist measurement is higher than recommended, talk to your doctor about your individual risk, your health self assessment and what you can do to be proactive about your health.

Introducing the Proactive Health series
Do you have prediabetes

#Health & wellbeing
#Self help & improvement]
I like this Article - 5
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Naomi
These quick muffins have juicy mulberries and tasty coconut that make them a moist and fluffy treat...
This easy method with 3 ingredients is a great way to clean drains naturally
This easy, healthy fish and chip recipe with crispy skinned salmon tastes great and is on the table ...
April is International Rosacea Awareness Month but what is it and is it having you, or someone you k...
This “after dinner mint” tasting slice is delicious, healthy and is **gluten, lactose** and **re...
This is the best gluten free muesli that I have ever made
view all articles by Naomi
Articles by Naomi on Other Hubs
ID: 82186
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
This family favourite is filled with juicy raisins and is easy to make
The following dates are in the Australian Health Calendar for December 2019: * 1 December - World...
These pear and oat muffins are easy to make and a tasty addition to increase fibre into your diet
As a health-conscious individual, you probably care about what goes on, as much as you care about wh...
1 like
The type and quality of food we eat impacts our not just our health but our fatigue levels
I love making banana bread and finding ways involve the kids in the kitchen too
People all around the world know how beneficial spinach can be
Do you struggle with procrastination? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probabl...
Celery is a delicious crunchy vegetable that is unappetising when limp
Nutrition (269)
Vegan (122)
Skin Care (101)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
Copyright 2012-2021 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version