Guide To Obesity, Cholesterol
And Heart Disease
Obesity, Cholesterol And Heart Disease
Obesity, a disease of excess fat tissue in the body (BMI > 30), is now recognized as a major risk factor for atherosclerotic coronary heart disease, which can cause heart attacks. Medical research into lipids and cardiovascular disease has identified some of the reasons for this higher risk but many of the factors linking obesity and its health consequences remain unclear.
How Obesity Increases The Risk Of Heart Disease
The health risks of obesity increase in line with a patient's weight. Thus the increased cardiovascular health risk for a mildly obese person may be relatively small compared to the significant dangers posed by morbid or super obesity. Here are some of the specific ways in which obesity poses an extra danger to heart health.
Weight Loss Reduces Cholesterol And Improves Heart Health
If you are obese, don't despair. Losing as little as 10 percent of your weight can bring noticeable improvements in your serum cholesterol and other lipid levels. Look for a weight loss program that offers maximum support, and take care to follow a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, moderate in protein and high-fiber low-GI carbs, with only small amounts of trans fats and saturates.
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