March 11, 2009 --
Waistlines still matter, but new research suggests a fat neck may also signal possible trouble for the heart. Framingham heart researchers examined the neck size in more than 3,300 adults. They found a larger neck was strongly linked to risk factors such as high cholesterol and abnormal blood sugar levels.
Researchers say neck circumference reflects a unique upper-body fat deposit that can signal trouble.
Curiously, the authors of the study say those with a larger neck still had higher levels of heart risk, even if they had normal waistlines.
The study was presented at an American Heart Association convention.