Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Danger: apple-shaped women

In a recent study, researchers propose that women who develop thick waists and high cholesterol at menopause may be at higher risk of heart disease because they also have more damage to their arteries.

After menopause many women undergo a shift in body fat so that there is more fat in the abdomen. This can cause the sympathetic nervous system, which controls blood vessel function, to become elevated and stiffen the arteries.

And because the women are no longer producing estrogen, a natural antioxidant, they begin to suffer from artery disease.

Are you an apple? Ladies, measure your waist circumference and your hip circumference, then calculate your waist to hip ratio. If you are .80 or above you are an apple. Below .80 you are a pear.

Marie Savard. M.D. explains how body shape can forecast health destiny and offers steps to take to decrease health risk. Also, view an interview with the author-internist. Just click "play" to see the video here.

Friday, National Wear Red Day, is fast approaching. Learn more about it.

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