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Weight Loss At Any Age Reduces The Risk Of Heart Disease

May 20, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A British study has taken a long-term look at the impact of weight loss on cardiovascular risk factors, including carotid artery wall thickness and systolic blood pressure. Men and women (normal, overweight and obese) were followed from birth in 1946, and checked at ages 36, 43, 53 and 60-64. The researchers found that losing weight at any age can result in enduring cardiovascular health benefits. The findings support public health strategies and lifestyle modifications that will help overweight and obese people lose weight, no matter what their age. In fact, adults who drop a BMI category – from obese to overweight, or overweight to normal – at any age reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
Marietta Charakida et al., "Lifelong patterns of BMI and cardiovascular phenotype in individuals aged 60–64 years in the 1946 British birth cohort study: an epidemiological study. ", The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, May 20, 2014, © Elsevier Ltd
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