Primer: Venous Risk (in pear-shaped females) and Submarine Service
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), also called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is a significant cause of death in adults.
Good news, bad news or neutral? M.E. suspects it is medically neutral (no medical justification for excluding pear-shapes from the sub service), but results of the study are probably bad news for any adolescent-minded bubbleheads anticipating hour-glass shaped, female submariners.
Pear-shaped women - - - a definition (and periscopic photo below):
Their hip measurement well exceeds their bust measurement. Fat tends to deposit in their buttocks, hips and thighs. Women of this bodytype tend to have a relatively large rear, stout thighs and small(er) bosom.
Danish scientists tracked more than 50,000 men and women to see how many suffered a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a clot in the lung called pulmonary embolism (PE). Findings were published in the journal Circulation. During the 10-year study, there were 641 cases of DVT or PE among the men and women. (see Note 1)
After eliminating known risks like smoking, diabetes and elevated cholesterol, a pattern between body shape and clot risk emerged, independent of body weight alone. Pear-shaped women with big hips and thighs were at elevated risks for dangerous clots, even if they had an "ideal" body weight.
"Until now, the importance of fat distribution and venous thromboembolism risk has not been evaluated. ... For health professionals, the implication is that all types of fat distribution should be taken into account when evaluating risk of venous thromboembolism."
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