Why do we take a waist measurement?

May 11, 2021

One of the elements included in our medical screen, along with other biometric data is a waist measurement. This is a measurement recommended by the NHS and British Heart Foundation in order to check you're not carrying too much fat around your stomach, which can raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke.

We understand that every body is different and we all store fat in different areas. You can have a healthy BMI and still have too much tummy fat, meaning you're still at risk of developing these diseases.

A larger waist usually also means there is excess fat inside your organs. When this happens in your liver, for example, it pumps out too much fat and sugar into the blood, increasing your risk of developing circulatory diseases.

Your Health Partner will keep track of this value for you, advise if you might be at risk of any of the above health risks, and also prescribe how to help reduce this value when indicated.

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