Best hypertension predictor is large waist

Having a large waist circumference is the most significant predictor of hypertension, say Greek researchers.

Waist measurement key to hypertension risk
Waist measurement key to hypertension risk

A total of 1,514 men and 1,528 women without any history of cardiovascular disease were enrolled into the five-year study.

The patients had their weight, height waist and hip circumference measured throughout the study period and were checked for hypertension.

Overall, 86 men and 102 women went on to develop hypertension.

After adjusting for other risk factors such as dietary habits, lipid levels and smoking status, the University of Athens researchers found that for every 1cm increase in waist circumference, a 2% higher risk of hypertension was observed.


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