A bigger waistline in middle-aged healthy adults is linked to a higher risk of death, according to the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study.

“These findings suggest a need for development of prevention and treatment strategies targeted against redistribution of fat mass towards the abdominal region,” the study said.

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