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Larger waistline could mean shorter life

Researchers pored over data from numerous studies involving hundreds of thousands of participants and surmised that the larger an individual's waistline the higher the chances of dying from heart disease and cancer, among other maladies.

Men with waistlines of 43 inches or more had a 50% higher chance of death than those with 35 inches or less. That came out to three less years of life expectancy after age 40.

For women, the cutoff came at a 37-inch waist - those at 37 inches or higher had a 80% chance of death than those at 27 inches or less; those at 37 inches or more had a five-year lower life expectancy after 40.

Of course, studies have also shown that exercising can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and, obviously, can reduce one's waistline.

For more, check out the entire study on WebMD.


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