Weight loss at any age can help adults improve cardiovascular health: Lancet
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The findings are from a study examining the impact of lifelong patterns of weight change on cardiovascular risk factors in a group of British men and women followed since birth in
They showed that the longer the exposure to excess body fat (adiposity) in adulthood the greater the cardiovascular-related problems in later life, including increased thickness of the carotid artery walls, raised systolic blood pressure, and increased risk of diabetes.
For the first time, the findings also indicate that adults who drop a BMI category-from obese to overweight, or from overweight to normal-at any time during adult life, even if they regain weight, can reduce these cardiovascular manifestations.
The study used data from 1273 men and women from the
Cardiovascular phenotyping between the ages of 60 and 64 years with carotid intima media thickness (cIMT; a surrogate marker for cardiovascular events) was used to assess the effect of lifetime exposure to adiposity on cardiovascular risk factors.
According to lead author Professor
Deanfield said that their findings suggest that losing weight at any age can result in long-term cardiovascular health benefits, and support public health strategies and lifestyle modifications that help individuals who are overweight or obese to lose weight at all ages. (ANI)