By Experience Life Staff |
Your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a quick, inexpensive measure of abdominal fat. It gives you a good sense of your current risk of insulin resistance and future risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Excess abdominal fat is troublesome because it’s hormonally active, proinflammatory, and a key factor in metabolic syndrome a collection of conditions including increased blood pressure, blood-sugar imbalances, and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Metabolic syndrome is also associated with an increased risk for many inflammatory diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers.