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Having fat thighs could cut your risk of developing heart disease


FAT thighs reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers found overweight men and women with a larger thigh ­circumference could be less likely to suffer from high blood pressure.

 Fat thighs reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a new study

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Fat thighs reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a new studyCredit: Alamy

Scientists could now measure the upper legs — as well as the waist — to help identify those at risk of serious health conditions.

Chinese researchers studied 9,250 over-40s, of which around 5,350 were overweight.

They found men with a thigh circumference of more than 55cm were less likely to have high blood pressure — as were women at more than  54cm.

They also discovered that those with a small thigh circumference, of less than 51cm for men and 50cm  for women, were likelier to have high blood pressure.

The condition affects a billion-plus worldwide and is the leading cause of mortality and disability.

Dr Zhen Yang, of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, said: “In contrast to stomach fat, leg fat may be beneficial for metabolism.”

He said the extra thigh muscle and fat there “secretes various beneficial substances”.

 Scientists could now measure the upper legs — as well as the waist — to help identify those at risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure

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Scientists could now measure the upper legs — as well as the waist — to help identify those at risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressureCredit: Corbis – Getty
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