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Heart disease, death linked to slim thighs
LA Times via Denver Post ^ | 09/05/2009 | Shari Roan

Posted on 09/07/2009 1:13:34 PM PDT by neverdem

Leg size may be a more accurate indicator of risks than the waistline.

We know having a large waistline is unhealthy. But larger thighs, it appears, may protect against heart disease and premature death.

A study published on BMJ.com, the website of the British Medical Journal, found that men and women whose thighs are less than 23.6 inches have a higher risk of premature death and heart disease compared with those with thighs exceeding that size. Having thighs that are even bigger, however, confers no added benefit. The study is the first to suggest that thigh size matters.

The measurement was of subjects' right thighs. It was taken as high up on the leg as possible.

The study also found that cardiovascular death risk was more strongly related to thigh circumference than to waist circumference. People with a circumference of less than 21 inches doubled their risk factor.

It seems logical that large thighs signal a higher fat content, which would be bad for cardiovascular health. So why are slender thighs worse? The authors suggest that small thighs could mean there is too little muscle mass in the region. The presence of muscle tissue influences insulin resistance and other cardiovascular risks.

The authors recommend more emphasis on lower-body workouts to strengthen legs.

"Behaviors to selectively reduce waist circumference are generally unknown," they wrote. "Thigh muscle mass, on the other hand, can be selectively increased by lower body physical activity."...

(Excerpt) Read more at denverpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: death; heartdisease; slimthighs; thighs
Thigh circumference and risk of heart disease and premature death: prospective cohort study

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1 posted on 09/07/2009 1:13:35 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Gonna post this on my refrigerator. LOL


2 posted on 09/07/2009 1:14:13 PM PDT by madison10 (Fine with a black president, but not a Red one.)
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To: neverdem

American women will now hold parties to eat more ice cream to get bigger thighs.

That’s what I see coming out of this.


3 posted on 09/07/2009 1:14:55 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: neverdem

Damn, I knew I should’ve married that cute blonde, large breasted, thunder thighed secretary of mine decades ago


4 posted on 09/07/2009 1:15:09 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: neverdem

Well, nice to know I have one fewer risk factor! (Hold the ga-dunk ga-dunk jokes, it’s not like that!) ;-)


5 posted on 09/07/2009 1:16:03 PM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: neverdem

6 posted on 09/07/2009 1:16:20 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: neverdem

7 posted on 09/07/2009 1:20:38 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: neverdem

I’m safe...


8 posted on 09/07/2009 1:24:56 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 229 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Hey! That’s my daughter!!!


9 posted on 09/07/2009 1:25:45 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 229 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

and that’s my ex!!!


10 posted on 09/07/2009 1:26:20 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 229 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: neverdem

11 posted on 09/07/2009 1:29:19 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (And so I´m leaving ground - I leave the skylines of my life - I plough new lifelines in my skin)
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To: neverdem

This explains why so many healthy, trim women are dropping dead like flies... < /sarc>


12 posted on 09/07/2009 1:29:55 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: neverdem
The study also found that cardiovascular death risk was more strongly related to thigh circumference than to waist circumference.

The next check up I have I will insist that the doctor focus on the condition of my thighs and not the condition of my heart.

13 posted on 09/07/2009 1:32:03 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: neverdem

Well that means most of the female citizens of Detroit, Chicago and Oakland should live forever!


14 posted on 09/07/2009 1:34:31 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: neverdem
Tom Platz is toast.


15 posted on 09/07/2009 1:35:57 PM PDT by earlJam
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To: neverdem

Looks like Hillary’s going to be around for a long time.....


16 posted on 09/07/2009 1:36:17 PM PDT by Reo
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To: neverdem
A study published on BMJ.com, the website of the British Medical Journal, found that men and women whose thighs are less than 23.6 inches have a higher risk of premature death and heart disease compared with those with thighs exceeding that size. Having thighs that are even bigger, however, confers no added benefit. The study is the first to suggest that thigh size matters.

The true results are, The nuts at BMJ have too much time on their hands and need something to do to waste money.

17 posted on 09/07/2009 1:39:22 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: neverdem
I knew it! A big legged woman aint got no soul, nonsense. I'm with Thomas Sowell. I often look at the diet ads and think that the “before” woman looks better than the “after” woman. Call me a fatty lover, if you like. You shouldn't be able to see their organs working. That isn't sexy - it's sick.
18 posted on 09/07/2009 1:39:54 PM PDT by youngidiot (Shut up)
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To: TornadoAlley3

19 posted on 09/07/2009 1:40:58 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: neverdem

20 posted on 09/07/2009 1:42:32 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: neverdem

Don’t be surprised if I keel over, mine are 18 inches.

Honestly, I am not that skinny but I have a small bone frame.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 1:43:18 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: neverdem

Michelle Obama is ahead of the curve on this one.


22 posted on 09/07/2009 1:47:38 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: neverdem

The study is the first to suggest that thigh size matters...

Let me be the 1st to suggest that the BMJ is a joke.


23 posted on 09/07/2009 1:55:20 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: neverdem; Rose in RoseBear
But larger thighs, it appears, may protect against heart disease and premature death.

WooHoo! Here's one for the big-legged women! (with a nod to Taj Mahal)

24 posted on 09/07/2009 1:57:56 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: fortunecookie

Same here! A doctor told me that because I have a lot of allergies I probably never would have cancer, now this new good news about my fat thighs.

(Why am I doubtful about this?)

I think I’ll have another cookie and think about it......


25 posted on 09/07/2009 1:58:34 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: neverdem
Being overweight. is a personal choice that everyone has to make for themselves. However, it won't help your heart.

I lost a lot of weight. I fight every day to keep the weight off, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. So far, so good.
26 posted on 09/07/2009 2:01:31 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: neverdem
I'm dead meat then, skinny as I am. So I'm going for the best beer bash ever on my way out. Somebody got a light? I'm going to smoke until I die. I never expected to live forever.

/johnny

27 posted on 09/07/2009 2:11:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: neverdem
'But larger thighs, it appears, may protect against heart disease and premature death.'

And THAT's the reason that I cut my walk a mile short this morning; it was all for my HEALTH!
Yay!!

(well... it sure sounds better then the "I'm too tired to finish" excuse I told myself this morning!)
28 posted on 09/07/2009 2:20:52 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29 (Pug- Multum in parvo (Latin for 'much in little') And it's true.)
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To: neverdem; All

I guess Hillary is gonna live a long, long time ...


29 posted on 09/07/2009 2:27:13 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: org.whodat
Why the hell’d you drag Michelle and her Mama into this?
30 posted on 09/07/2009 2:33:29 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Ditter
A doctor told me that because I have a lot of allergies I probably never would have cancer, now this new good news about my fat thighs.

Really? I have lots of allergies, love that golden rod and ragweed out now. That would be good news. Now - about those cookies... ;-)

31 posted on 09/07/2009 3:57:45 PM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: fortunecookie

Well the cookies are to plump up my thighs for more heart attack protection silly!


32 posted on 09/07/2009 5:11:56 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: neverdem

Then I guess I’ll live forever!


33 posted on 09/07/2009 5:15:19 PM PDT by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: neverdem
"But larger thighs, it appears, may protect against heart disease and premature death."

This is far from new!

This fact was well known in the mid to late '50s, and it isn't just thighs, but the entire leg.

34 posted on 09/07/2009 6:53:03 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bomb-a administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: youngidiot
" I'm with Thomas Sowell. I often look at the diet ads and think that the 'before' woman looks better than the “after” woman."

Almost universally so! - Few women look as good after losing a significant amount of weight. - They look like they have a terminal illness in the after pics.

35 posted on 09/07/2009 7:00:48 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bomb-a administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: Ditter
ROFL! That's one way...
36 posted on 09/07/2009 8:49:07 PM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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37 posted on 09/07/2009 11:35:00 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Lmo56

Not so.. Hillary has elephant ankles.. not thighs.


38 posted on 09/08/2009 5:00:07 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (And so I´m leaving ground - I leave the skylines of my life - I plough new lifelines in my skin)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Good Lord! That one needs a bunch of square meals.


39 posted on 09/08/2009 5:28:13 PM PDT by Ole Okie (American)
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To: EGPWS

You don’t need a doctor to do that.


40 posted on 09/08/2009 5:31:10 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (Al Franken--the face of the third-party voters)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I never expected to live forever.

Yeah, but as you get really old, you tend to hope the Good Lord isn't making up a busload right now.

41 posted on 09/08/2009 5:34:28 PM PDT by Ole Okie (American)
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To: Ancient Drive

OMG! Is it real ...... or is it photoshop? I don’t want to believe those are really her thighs. I don’t believe a lot of pictures anymore, not since photoshop was invented.


42 posted on 09/08/2009 5:36:41 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ole Okie
Wooho! Bus trip! Vegas or New Orleans?

I'm old enough to have to look for my teeth some mornings. And my grandkids have Facebook pages.

/johnny

43 posted on 09/08/2009 6:09:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Ancient Drive

Not so.. Hillary has elephant ankles.. not thighs.

...

Did the study mention anything about the healthiness of eating left wings ???


44 posted on 09/08/2009 8:51:54 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: skimbell
Wrong, take a reading course.
45 posted on 09/09/2009 7:49:56 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: skimbell
LOL, my bad!!!! Forgot about the cool picture!!!
46 posted on 09/09/2009 7:51:08 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: neverdem
Thanks, neverdem.

My thighs are like mighty tree trunks from bicycling...did 45 miles with the cubs in the St. Paul Classic last weekend.

Including Ramsey Hill without stopping. (My son did it in his large chainring. Showoff.)

Cheers!

47 posted on 09/19/2009 6:16:03 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Cheers!
48 posted on 09/19/2009 6:17:03 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Reo
DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING!

NO more calls, please.

We have a winner!

49 posted on 09/19/2009 6:18:20 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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