New Studies Show that Your Waist Size May Predict Diabetes Risk

Waist Size Predict Diabetes RIskDiabetes is a health concern for everyone especially if it runs in your family. For years, the medical community has used a combination of BMI (body mass index) and the size of a person’s waist. The waist measurement is used since the fat in the stomach area is what will affect the chances of diabetes.

BMI is of great use for the detection of diabetes in those that are obese or overweight. However, with the power of science and new technology, it has now been determined that waist size may predict diabetes risk all on its own.

This method is even more effective in diagnosis in women than it is in men. One does not need to be obese in order to have an overly large waist and be overweight. By taking the measurement of the waist, the risk can be determined by the size.

Of course the base measurement is different for both men and women. For men, if the waist is larger than 40 than they are considered large and at a higher risk. The women however are considered large and at a higher risk if their BMI is 35. It is not considered obese, but it is a step in that direction which can up the risk that you are taking.

Using the Waist Size to Diagnose Diabetes

When using the waist size to predict diabetes, it has been found that type 2 diabetes was the most common diagnosis. With test after test run and comparisons made, there were firm findings when it came to waist size and diabetes.

  • A large waist is a higher risk of diabetes for females as opposed to males.
  • Men with a large waist of over 40 are a more likely candidate for diabetes than those with a smaller and normal waist.
  • If you combine waist size with the BMI, it was found that a large waist with a high BMI means a higher risk rate.

When we measure our waist, we simply use it as a means to find out what size we are. However, in the medical world it is a way to determine the amount of fat around the stomach area.

Although this research may seem new to some, the medical world has been using this type of research for years to determine the risk of diabetes. It is important to keep in mind that each time one goes to doctor for a checkup they may measure differently each time. Using this method along with the BMI results can give an accurate result.


It was once thought that obesity was the deciding factor when it came to determining diabetes in people. However, you do not have to be considered obese to have to large of a waist. With the new tests that can be run with the measurements, doctors now have a more accurate picture of the results they are getting.

For someone that takes their measurements and discovers that they are on their way to a large number, a lifestyle change may just be what the doctor ordered. Making small changes in your diet, throwing in a little exercise and watching your weight can help keep you out of the doctor’s office.

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