Waist circumference and diabetes risk
Researchers from the Department of Human Nutrition and Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago have investigated the ability to predict the development of diabetes 2 (adult onset diabetes) using body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC).
The researchers found that both overall adiposity (fattiness) and abdominal adiposity strongly and independently predict risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Waist circumference is a better predictor for the development of diabetes than the other parameters. The currently recommended cutoff for waist circumference of 102 cm for men will need to be studied further, according to the study authors.