I am constantly amazed with the numerous studies about health and fitness that appear in the news. I find that the BBC usually breaks some important and some rather strange scientific discoveries that may have some importance in my life and the lives of my friends and family. As a matter of shear coincidense, Memo and I have been teasing our friend and physician about the size (and color) of his thighs. Polo recently broke his ankle and has been wearing a variety of shorts which have revealed a lack of a tan and the thickness of his thighs. We kid him about having gringo thighs. I don't think that I'll be teasing him about the size of his thighs in the future.
The BBC has an article entitled -- Large thighs 'may protect heart' -- on its website today. The article describes a study that found:
Men and women with thighs over 60cm (23.6in) in circumference have a lower risk of heart disease and early death, a study of 3,000 people suggests.
The relationship remains even when body fat, smoking and blood cholesterol are taken into account, a Danish team says.
Those with narrow thighs may not have enough muscle mass to deal with insulin properly, raising the risk of diabetes and, in turn, heart disease, they say.
Experts cautioned that the research needed corroborating.
That may be good news for Polo and me. I have always had a set of husky thighs. Even now, as I am at my lowest weight in many years, my thighs just may be within the range of thickness as described in the medical studies. All I need to do now is find our tape measure to confirm it.
Of course, having thick thighs is not enough to prevent heart disease or other health problems. I will continue with a sensible diet, exercise, and the medications needed to control my high blood pressure and thyroid disease.
The same article had some other good news, as well.
Previous studies have suggested that a waist circumference of over 35in (88.9cm) for a woman and 40in (101.6cm) for a man indicated a high risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.Woo hoo! I am 6 feet tall and my waist size is currently about 36 inches. Hmmm. Living in paradise may help me live a longer happier life.