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Health Tip: Measure Your Waist Circumference

And know the risks of excess belly fat

(HealthDay News) -- A large belly is more likely to put you at risk for health problems. So measure your waist to help gauge your health.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute advises:

  • Stand up while measuring your waist circumference.
  • Place a tape measure above the hip bones around the middle of your waist.
  • Take the measurement after you have exhaled.
  • Having a waist circumference of more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men increases your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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