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Reduce your risk of heart disease by reducing your waistline

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One of the best ways to help reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes is to focus on your abs and reduce the size of your waist.

Dr. Paula from Columbus State University talks to us about this subject.

When it comes to body fat, there are two different body shapes that best describe where fat accumulates: "apple" and "pear". Apple shapes tend to accumulate fat around their waists. Pear shapes accumulate fat below their waist, typically in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.

Where you store your body fat matters. When fat accumulates around the waist, it increases one's risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other diseases. Fat in the abdominal area is closer to the heart and other vital organs.

Generally, people tend to worry more about their weight than their waist. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat. To be considered healthy, non-pregnant women's waists should be less than 35" wide. For men, their waist should be less than 39" wide to be considered healthy. So, keep track of your waist, not your weight!

Watch the video for more details.

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