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Do you have a healthy waist size? How to measure it correctly

A quick and easy way to know if you are at risk for heart attacks or diabetes is to get out your tool box.

Measuring your waist circumference can offer insight into your health, though, according to NBC News' Dr. Natalie Azar, most people do it incorrectly.

Here are Dr. Natalie's three simple steps to ensure your measurement is correct.

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  1. Find your upper hip bone
  2. Wrap a tape measure around your stomach, right above the upper hip bone
  3. After you breathe out, look down and record your size.

So how do you know if you're measurement's normal? Men's waist circumference should be under 40 inches and women's should be under 35 inches.

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