Thick Thighs Decrease Heart Disease Risk

Researchers suggest beefing up skinny legs with exercise
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 11:17 AM CDT
Thick Thighs Decrease Heart Disease Risk
Skinnier thighs may look better in jeans, but they could increase your risk of heart disease.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Take off the skinny jeans and beef up those thighs, or you could be bound for an early grave. People whose thighs had a circumference less than 23.6 inches were more likely to suffer from heart disease and premature death than those with more sizable gams, according to a new study. It’s the first research of its kind, and it could lead to a thigh-size test to determine heart risk, the Independent reports.

But the researchers note that after thighs crossed the 23.6-inch threshold, it didn’t matter how big they were; the risk remained constant for those just above 23.6 inches and the thunder-thighed alike. Researchers say they’re worried, however, because half of the men and women they examined fell below the threshold. They recommend beefing up those thighs with exercise. (Read more skinny jeans stories.)

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