More Titillating D-News Tidbits

Well now, back to my D-news musings…

Innovate_11) Body mass index (BMI) is apparently OUT, and gut size is IN, as the new useful measure of health risk, according to a new study reviewed in the Washington Post this week. What this means is that being plump all over is not as bad for you as having a pot belly — and that goes for women, too. The girth of your waist and hips is apparently the most powerful predictor of heart attack. Weird. Here’s the explanation:

“… even lean people whose waists are wider than their hips may carry much of their fat in the abdomen, close to organs such as the heart, stomach, liver and kidneys. Why this poses a greater health risk than fat concentrated around the hips is not completely understood, but some experts say they believe the heightened risk has to do with fat so closely surrounding the liver and other organs. Other recent studies have linked waist-to-hip ratio to risk of diabetes and hypertension.”

This gives a whole new meaning to “watching your waistline,” I guess. And another freakin’ thing to worry about as we get older — even the lean Type 1′s among us. As if we didn’t have enough on our mind. Just ask Kassie!

2) Business Week also named Byetta one of the top Products of the Year — which goes to show how very mainstream and relevant diabetes has become. There is the Byetta pen, among just 40 super-hot products, including the Yamaha Morphous Scooter and M&M’s CandyGrams. Love it!

3) The JP Morgan 24th Annual Healthcare Conference kicks off in San Francisco on Jan. 9. This national event brings together all manner of medical luminaries, including — of interest to diabetics — Medtronic, Eli Lilly & Co., Amylin, GlaxoSmithKlein, Insulet, Merck, BD, Abbott Labs, Roche Diagnostics and many more. Naturally, a number of talks will be held on glycemic control. You can check in at Close Concerns Weblog for event updates.

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4 Responses

  1. Living With Diabetes
    Living With Diabetes January 6, 2006 at 8:51 am | | Reply

    D-New Tibits

    Amy posted about the shift from BMI to girth measurement. Diabetes Mine: More Titillating D-News Tidbits I’ve been watching the cardio vascular news pretty closely (that’s the major complication that got my father and his parents). The movement from BM…

  2. Joan Smith
    Joan Smith January 19, 2006 at 10:46 am | | Reply

    Type 1 for 31 years. Went on Medtronic’s pump a little over a year ago with success. But like you, there is something to learn every day. Like to Cook and Read. I am a mother of 3 grown children and a proud grandparent of 4 little darlings. Guess I am giving away my age. Own my own travel agency in Brooklyn, NY and operate it with my daughter. Specialize in group travel and love my job, WHEN IT GOES THE WAY I WANT IT TO GO!!!

  3. Dimitris
    Dimitris February 16, 2006 at 3:41 pm | | Reply

    BMI was created from statistics taken from insurance companies, it’s not the most accurate tool and has a lot of limitations but still is a useful tool. Waist to hip ratio on the other hand isn’t something new, dietitians have been using it for yeas and yes it is very useful. However it doesn’t come without limitations, the most important of all is how you measure it, it may sound simple but it isn’t. There are guidelines for the points you need to measure however it really depends on the person doing the measurement. The biggest problem is with the measurement of the hip where the guidelines are really general.

  4. Mark Vane
    Mark Vane June 22, 2007 at 5:36 am | | Reply

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