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Canadian researchers recently found that body fat levels could be a better indicator of early mortality than BMI. This finding came after a team studied data on more than 54,000 adults who had DXA scans completed to measure bone density. These scans also provided an estimate of the individual’s percent body fat.
After analyzing the data, it was found that people with the highest amount of body fat were the most likely to die within the next 4-7 years. Men with the highest body fat (at least 36%) were 59% more likely to die within the study period. The results with women were less dramatic – women with the highest body fat (at 39%) were at a 19% increased risk of death.
These findings were published in The Annals of Internal Medicine on March 8, 2016.