Body Measurements and Mortality: The Hidden Connection in Older Adults
As we age, our body undergoes various changes, and certain measurements like waist circumference (WC), calf circumference (CC), and body mass index (BMI) can tell a lot about our health. But there's another metric that's been under the radar: the waist-calf circumference ratio (WCR). This research delves into how these measurements, especially WCR, relate to mortality in older adults. The findings are intriguing: a higher WCR and a lower CC were linked to an increased risk of death from all causes, including cardiovascular diseases. On the other hand, a lower BMI was associated with a higher risk of death from all causes and respiratory diseases. Interestingly, only WC was a predictor for cancer mortality. These insights underscore the importance of holistic health assessments, suggesting that it's not just about how much we weigh, but also how our weight is distributed.