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Type 2 Diabetes - Is Waist to Height Ratio Associated With Kidney Disease in Diabetes?

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Diabetic nephropathy, or chronic kidney disease, is one of the very serious complications of Type 2 diabetes. It's related to being overweight and obesity. Researchers at the University of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia, looked over various measures of overweight and obesity to determine the simplest way of predicting diabetic polycystic kidney disease nephropathy in individuals with Type 2 diabetes.

Their study, reported on in the medical journal Endocrinology Research in December 2014, included 125 overweight individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. A complete of 36 were found to own chronic kidney disease. Body mass index (BMI), waist measurement, and waist-to-height ratio were compared in patients with and without diabetic nephropathy...

waist size and waist-to-height ratio were higher in the diabetics with chronic kidney disease than in individuals with healthy kidneys.

waist-to-hip ratio was highest in diabetics with protein in their urine and lowest in individuals with good kidney function. (Albumin, a protein, is within the urine of diseased kidneys).

From these results it was concluded the waist-to-hip ratio is actually a good means of screening for kidney disease and further research can explain why belly fat could be detrimental to the kidneys.

The word goes "it is healthier to really have a pear-shaped body than an apple shaped body." Put simply, carrying fat around the hips as opposed to around the waist, is better. Belly fat, not even close to being a passive storage facility for fat, actually acts as a gland. The gland releases a hormone called adiponectin, thought to lower body cells'sensitivity to insulin. Resistance to insulin may be the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Whether belly fat directly influences diabetic kidney disease remains to be seen.

To get your waist-to-hip ratio, measure your waist at its narrowest circumference, usually just above the belly button. Measure your hips at their widest aspect and divide waist size by hip size. An excellent ratio for preventing kidney disease has not been determined, but a rate of 0.80 or below in women, and 0.95 or below in men, is recognized as low risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A percentage of .85 or maybe more in women or 1.00 or maybe more in men puts those individuals at high risk. Moderate risk falls below the two.

To whittle down your waist...

plan meals ahead of time and fill up on crunchy greens mixed with a good number of vegetables.

get into the habit of walking for at the very least 30-minutes on at the very least five days of the week.

Although managing your disease can be quite challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you need to just live with. You possibly can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang within, the longer you get it done, the easier it gets.


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