Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Overweight Boomer Men at Higher Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Premature Death

from The Senior Journal
January 5, 2010

The results were not surprising, according to an American Heart Association spokesperson.

“We’ve known for years that obesity worsens or exacerbates many risk factors,” said Barry Franklin, Ph.D, chair of the American Heart Association’s council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism.

“What was interesting about this study was that the findings differed from previous studies – which involve much shorter follow up – that suggested that obese people without metabolic syndrome were not at risk. This study really contradicts that and I believe it’s in large part related to longer follow up.”

Franklin said the role of fitness in reducing cardiovascular disease was not discussed in this study. As New Year’s resolutions approach he urged patients to recognize that even a five to pound weight loss can make a significant health benefit.

It would have been interesting to see how exercise fits into this equation. Earlier studies appear to support exercise can counter some of these adverse health effects.

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