Carrying extra weight around the waist could increase the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm by as much as 30 per cent.
These are the findings of a team of researchers in Sweden, who revealed that for every two inches a person’s waist grew, the risk of developing an aneurysm increased by 15 per cent.
In a report in the British Journal of Surgery, researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said the danger of developing an aneurysm peaked when a man’s waist measured 39 inches.
For women, the peak measurement was 34 inches.
The study was based on over 63,000 people aged between 46 and 84 who took part in two long-term health studies.
"This is an interesting study," senior cardiac nurse Ellen Mason told the Daily Mail.
"A ruptured aortic aneurysm is often fatal. The NHS screening programme has been set up to halve deaths from ruptures by scanning for these aneurysms in men."
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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