12 February 2018

Here’s how you can calculate your diabetes risk at home

All you need is a tape measure.

This health test is tailor-made for you: you can actually predict your diabetes risk with a tape measure.

A Chinese study found that guys with a waist-to-height ratio of 0.5 or higher were more likely than those with a lower ratio to have either prediabetes or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Study author Dr Xiuying Qi says this method may trump body-mass index and waist-to-hip ratio as a way to gauge visceral fat – the lard that lurks between your organs and disrupts your blood sugar.

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Calculate your ratio

To find your ratio, wrap a tape measure around your waist at the midpoint – between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hip bones.

Divide that figure (in cm) by your height (also in cm). The resulting number is your ratio.

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For example, say your waist circumference is 100cm and your height is 170cm, 100 divided by 170 equals 0.5882.

Rounded off, that gives you a ratio of 0.59, which is just greater than 0.5, meaning you have an elevated risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

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