Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Your thighs and your risk for heart disease. It's not what you think.

This is a strange study. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is reporting that "a low thigh circumference seems to be associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease or premature death." No typos here. This data is counter-intuitive. Why should a low thigh size be associated with an increased risk for heart disease and total mortality?

The BMJ study is titled, "Thigh circumference and risk of heart disease and premature death: prospective cohort study." The main outcome measures in this study were: 10 year incidence of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease and 12.5 years of follow-up for total death. They found that "a small thigh circumference was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases and total mortality in both men and women."

At the end of the day, the authors conclude that "the adverse effects of small thighs might be related to too little muscle mass in the region. The measure of thigh circumference might be a relevant anthropometric measure to help general practitioners in early identification of individuals at an increased risk of premature morbidity and mortality."

So, smaller isn't necessarily better when it comes to your thighs. To read the abstract, click here.

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