"All right, off you go!"
To test one bizarre theory, researchers took a camera, some rulers, and some corpse fingers. Researchers "enrolled 71 corpses" in the study, who had been dead anywhere from seven hours to 14 days. Some deaths were by suicide, others by natural causes. The corpses' hands were photographed, finger lengths measured, and longer fourth fingers indeed were correlated with suicide. The researchers didn't find a correlation between suicide method and finger length; that would be crazy ...
But they were ready with an explanation for this, speculating that the failure "might be due to us investigating an insufficient number of suicide corpses."
"Get sadder! For science!"
That's the most metal thing Science has ever said.
Thinner Thighs Mean A Higher Risk Of Diabetes, Heart Disease, And Death
We all know "thin good, fat bad." The fatter you are, the more likely you are to get diabetes, heart disease, or the dreaded double chin syndrome. But, as with all things, the situation gets more complicated -- how do your thighs look? You got the chopstick legs? Science says you may be in just as much danger as thunder-thighs over there.
All that running and avoiding junk food for nothing.
A study with over 300,000 male and female Korean participants found that participants with a smaller than average thigh circumference had an increased risk of diabetes. Even after controlling for important factors like age and genetic risk, and for lifestyle factors like physical activity and smoking.
So society's prevailing slimmer-is-better philosophy may be skewed, especially because the study found that the association between thin thighs and diabetes was greater for people with a BMI of less than 25 -- as in, for people technically at a healthy weight. Other studies have confirmed the relationship: one with over 3,000 men and women found that a thigh circumference of less than 24 inches increases your risk of heart disease and death, even after controlling for lifestyle factors. It's also important to point out that the thigh size associated with increased health risks isn't exactly skeletal: It's still several inches larger than the thigh of the average model.
Researchers think it has something to do with not having enough muscle mass, because having more muscle improves insulin resistance. Another study of over a thousand older men and women found that having larger hips and thighs decreases risk of diabetes, and the researchers who conducted this study also think that lack of muscle mass might be driving the relationship.
Additionally, one study found that having more fat in the thighs is associated with better insulin resistance, and the researchers see this as evidence that not only increased muscle but also increased fat in the legs might be the reason that people with bigger thighs have a reduced risk of diabetes.
Squat thrusts or Twinkies, your choice!
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