Apple-Shaped Bodies Could Predict Heart Disease

An apple-shaped body could be a serious indicator of heart disease for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who haven’t previously showcased cardiovascular symptoms.

According to a new study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, waist circumference better predicts heart disease than BMI. Therefore, people may have better heart health with a pear-shaped body as opposed to an apple shape.

"Our research examined patients with diabetes, who are considered high risk for developing heart disease already, and found that the shape of your body determined if you were at a greater risk to develop left ventricular dysfunction," said Brent Muhlestein, co-director of the study.

Reducing the risks

People with apple-shaped bodies suffer from excessive body fat around the abdomen. This is associated with metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and can lead to heart failure and coronary artery issues.

Studies claim that approximately 30 percent of people will experience cardiovascular disease, and nearly a third of them will suffer from heart attacks. Researchers believe that eliminating excess abdominal fat can counteract these heart conditions.

“This study confirms that having an apple-shaped body - or a high-waist circumference - can lead to heart disease, and that reducing your waist size can reduce your risks," said Dr. Muhlestein.

Source: Intermountain Healthcare

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