Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

Taking a life-course perspective, researchers have found obesity results in a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared with those with a normal BMI (weight). Overweight men and women of all ages developed CVD at a younger age and spent more years living with it, despite not living as long. PositiveTip:…

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Myth: Obese but Healthy

Are you obese without hypertension, diabetes, or hyperlipidemia? Robust research challenges the concept that metabolically healthy obese people have nothing to worry about. A study of more than 3.5 million people conducted between 1995-2015 found that "healthy" obese people are significantly more likely than normal-weight people to develop  coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke. PositiveTip:…

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CVD Risk and Calcium Intake

Inconsistent evidence has suggested there might be an association between calcium supplementation and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. A multi-center, meta-analysis of 4 randomized trials and 27 observational studies has found moderate-quality evidence suggesting that calcium intake (with or without Vitamin D) from food or supplements does not raise the risk of CVD in healthy adults.…

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A Healthy Diet in Early Adulthood Yields Big Dividends Later

Young adults who ate more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day were found to have healthier hearts 20 years later. Those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were 26% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries compared to those who ate the least. PositiveTip: Do not wait until you…

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Which Measure Best Predicts Cardiovascular Risk?

Are "apple-shaped" bodies, or "pear-shaped" bodies at greater risk for cardiovascular disease? Turns out that simply being overweight, whatever the shape, increases risks for heart disease. Researchers looked at data from a very large study of 221,934 people and found that body-mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference all equally predicted the 10-year risk…

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