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Do you have a ruler? Or a yardstick? If you do, you can take a quick test at home to determine whether you are at risk for heart disease.
Here’s how to administer the test: Lie on your back on a flat surface, such as the floor or a firm bed. Ask a friend to measure the height of your stomach midway between the top of the pelvis and the bottom of the ribs. An abdominal height of more than 10 inches in women and more than 12 inches in men increases the risk of diabetes and doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease. Higher measurements have also been linked to an increased risk of sudden death.
In other words, if you need a yardstick to measure the height of your stomach, it’s time to lose a few pounds.
The test, referred to as Sagittal Abdominal Diameter (SAD), measures deep belly fat, a strong indicator of risk for diabetes and heart disease. A Kaiser Permanente study of 101,765 men and women who underwent checkups between 1965 and 1970 concluded that “obesity in the abdomen matters even more than obesity overall."
Excess fat on arms, legs and hips, while not ideal, is not as worrisome as belly fat surrounding the stomach and liver. Belly fat is more dangerous because it releases a steady stream of harmful chemicals that trigger inflammation. Over time, this chronic inflammation results in life-threatening medical conditions. Indeed, researchers report that belly fat is an independent preindicator of death from all causes.
Because of the predictive value of this simple, cheap and noninvasive test, the SAD has been endorsed by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Information is power and powerful. Use these simple tests and measures to determine your risk for future medical conditions and then take corrective action. If you’re fit, by all means continue your routine. But if you find that you are endangering your health by carrying surplus pounds, adjust your habits and lifestyle while you still can—before the window of opportunity closes. Your body and your life are at stake. Choose wisely to stay well.