How do we know if we are insulin resistant or may become so in the future? Scientists have found that without a doubt, our waist size is a good indicator of a person’s risk of insulin resistance – an early stage in the development of diabetes and heart disease. The size of our waist has already been recognized as an indicator of possible development of cardiovascular disease, but scientists in Sweden have found that it can also be used to measure our sensitivity to insulin.
“A waist circumference of less than 39 inches reduces the risk of individuals of both sexes from being at risk of insulin resistance”, Hans Wahrenberg, of the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, said in a study reported online by the British Medical Journal.
If you are starting to store weight around the middle, be aware that the ramifications are much more than aesthetic or the letting out of your belt a notch or two or three. You are increasing your risk of diabetes and heart attack.
Fortunately, the Perricone Weight-Loss Diet has strategies to combat this.