ER physician Dr. Travis Stork takes "the string test." He demonstrates this simple and inexpensive way to assess your risk of heart disease by checking your amount of visceral belly fat. This is the fat that is deep in the abdomen and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains that is why it’s so closely related to heart disease.
To do the string test, take a piece of string and measure it to your height. Then, fold it in half, and see if it fits around your waist. If not, you may have too much visceral belly fat. This is the fat that Dr. Travis refers to as “toxic goop.” It is physiologically active and can increase levels of cortisone, and the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.
For information and step-by-step instructions on that the string test, click here.