Abdominal obesity decreased in men by drinking tea

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Abdominal obesity is probably one of the worst areas to get fat. The apple-shaped body has a much higher risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, age-related dementias, and even premature death. The fat in this area is even known to produce more inflammation that fat in other areas of the body. However, researchers in Ontario, Canada have found a possible link to decreased tummy fat from drinking green tea, at least in men.

The study was released at the 1st International Congress on Abdominal Obesity in Hong Kong just a few days ago. The study looked at the relationship between drinking coffee and drinking tea as related to abdominal obesity in almost 4000 adults who had participated in the 2003-2004 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The results were intriguing.


The study showed that in men who drank tea had waistlines that were at least 1 inch smaller when they used sugar. When men used artificial sweeteners, their waistlines were 2 inches larger. In women, the results were different, but interesting as well. Women on average showed a 2/3 inch smaller waist when they used milk in their tea. When they used artificial sweeteners, waistlines were 1 inch larger.

Researchers state that the results of the study on drinking tea definitely merit further research. Studying how abdominal obesity may be decreased is worth the time. So it is important to know what is average and what is above normal. A waistline that is 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women is considered to be about average. Anything above that and the individual is at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and so on, writes WebMD.

Another indicator of abdominal obesity is by calculating the waist-to-hip ratio. This is done by first measuring the waist at the smallest point and the hips at the widest point. The widest point of the hips is usually at the widest part of the buttocks. Then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. A waist-to-hip measurement of above 0.80 for women and 0.95 for men is considered significant for increased chances of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

It will be interesting to see where further research on drinking tea takes us. Abdominal obesity is not only associated with increased health risks, but it is also very difficult to lose. However, when it is lost, health risks may turn around. Health benefits such as lower blood pressure, more elasticity in the blood vessels, and decreased risk of diabetes are possible. Perhaps, drinking tea with sugar may just be a small step towards decreasing abdominal obesity, one person at a time.