Ladies, Your Body Shape Could Be Putting You At Risk For Heart Attacks
diabetes among those with an apple shape might help to prevent heart disease, especially in women,” Peters said.
According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of women worldwide are overweight and 15 percent are obese.
Obesity increases the risk of heart attack, the leading cause of death worldwide, the researchers noted. Obesity also raises your odds for a stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers.
For the new study, Peters and colleagues collected data on nearly 500,000 adults in the United Kingdom, aged 40 to 69, and followed them for seven years.
The investigators found that waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference, respectively, were 15 percent and 7 percent more strongly tied to heart attack risk in women than men.
Also, compared with BMI, waist-to-hip ratio was an 18 percent stronger predictor of heart attack in women and a 6 percent stronger predictor of heart attack in men, the findings showed.
However, the biological factors that contribute to the increased risk for heart attack aren’t known, Peters said.
Further research is needed to try to determine the different ways women and