Obesity and Heart Health

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Obese older adults that have undergone cardiac surgery at higher risk of poor functioning

Obese older adults, that have undergone cardiac surgery, are known to have an increased number of post-operative complications. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania has analysed the impact of these complications on overweight and obese people’s...
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Metabolic syndrome branded the new ‘silent killer’

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of three or more risk factors that increase your chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These include, but are not limited to – increased blood pressure, abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, high...
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Physical activity has higher benefit the older you are

The results of an observational study have been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. They show that the benefits of physical activity may outweigh the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease. Data was collected on 5,344 individuals...
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Vitamin D improves gut flora and metabolic syndrome

A study published in Frontiers in Physiology has found that a high-fat diet alone is not enough to trigger metabolic syndrome, it must be accompanied by a Vitamin D deficiency. Metabolic syndrome is defined by a group of risk factors that can lead to...
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Large BMI increase during puberty may predispose to death by cardiovascular disease later in life

A study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology has found that boys with a large increase in BMI during puberty are at an increased risk of death due to CVD in later life. The study itself included over 37,000 men born between 1945 and 1961,...
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Location of fat important in predicting heart disease

A recent study has found that increased abdominal fat is associated with worsening heart disease risk factors. This study has added to the growing body of evidence that regional deposits of fat are harmful, in particular the study found that increased...
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Young and overweight? A greater risk for future heart failure

The time in one’s life at which an individual chooses to lose weight may have more of an effect on their risk of having a heart attack than previously thought. Research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has found that those who...
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