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What waist size puts someone at risk for diabetes?

Your waist size can be an indicator of your risk for diabetes. Fat that you carry around the middle -- abdominal fat -- acts differently than fat that you carry elsewhere, such as on your hips. So being apple-shaped rather than pear-shaped may increase your diabetes risk. A waist size above 35 inches for a woman and above 40 inches for a man is statistically linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Studies show that men with waists 40 inches or more have 12 times the risk of getting diabetes compared to men with a smaller than 36-inch waist. For women, a 35-inch waist is that much riskier than having a 32-incher. (The most sensitive way to diagnose diabetes is to measure the blood sugar fasting, and again two hours after taking 75 grams of sugar—to see how your body can deal with the sugar.)
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