Obesity can increase the risk for blood clots.
POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 9:25am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:34pm
While obesity can increase the risk for blood clots, the location of the fat may be particularly important.
Researchers in Denmark did a 10 year study of nearly 60,000 men and women and confirmed obesity is associated with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. Where those extra pounds are on the body may be key, for women, a larger hip circumference increased the risk for clots, for men, it's a larger belly.
Researchers say they're not sure why different areas of fat on the body affect this risk.