Redefining Body Measurements: The Mortality Connection in Seniors
When it comes to understanding health risks in older adults, we often look at measurements like waist circumference (WC), calf circumference (CC), and body mass index (BMI). These have been known to be linked to mortality. But there's a new player in town: the waist-calf circumference ratio (WCR). The research delved into how these measurements relate to the risk of death from various causes in seniors.
The findings? A higher WCR and a smaller CC both upped the risk of death from all causes, heart-related issues, and other reasons. On the flip side, a lower BMI was tied to a greater risk of death from all causes and respiratory diseases. Interestingly, WC was a predictor only for cancer-related deaths. Especially for those aged 80 and above, the effects of CC on mortality were even more pronounced. In simpler terms, these measurements can give us a clearer picture of health risks in our golden years.