Wider hips protect against diabetes

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Wider hips can reduce chances of premature death by protecting against metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

`We knew that higher hip circumference was protective against metabolic diseases such as diabetes as well as death,` Adrian Cameron from Deakin University, study co-author.

`However, we did not know that taking waist and hip circumference into account separately (as opposed to using the waist-to-hip ratio) would reveal such a powerful association between obesity and mortality,` added Cameron, the International Journal of Epidemiology reports.

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`In other words, a person with big hips and a small waist is at the lowest end of the risk scale and people with small hips and a large waist are at the highest risk,` said Cameron, according to a Deakin statement.

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