Maintaining Weight-Loss Efforts Protects the Heart
Are you packing extra pounds but otherwise healthy? Keep up your weight-loss efforts. Researchers compared 7,637 people with heart disease with 10,474 of their peers without it. Their average age was 54, and two-thirds were women. They were followed for an average of 12 years. The findings: Healthy levels of cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, and blood pressure did not protect the heart health of those who were overweight or obese. Heart disease risk, a common complication of diabetes, rose 26 percent in healthy overweight people and 28 percent in healthy obese people compared with normal-weight participants who also didn’t have those four heart disease risk factors. The bottom line: Maintaining healthy cholesterol, blood glucose, triglyceride, and blood pressure levels is crucial for overall health, but weight loss should remain a goal even if those numbers are in target range.
Source: European Heart Journal, Aug. 14, 2017