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A 5 pound weight loss reduces risk factors for heart disease by 40-48%
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A five pound weight loss over 16 years decreases risk factors for coronary heart disease by 48 percent in men and 40 percent in women, whereas a five pound weight gain increases risk factors by 20 percent in men and 37 percent in women according to a recent analysis of the famous Framingham Heart Study. Having 3 risk factors increases the risk of heart disease by 2.4-fold in men, 5.9-fold in women
Having 3 or more risk factors increases the risk of coronary heart disease 2.4 fold in men and 5.9 fold in women.
Six risk factors
Risk factors include being in the top or bottom one-fifth for men or women for:
- low “good” HDL cholesterol levels
- elevated body mass index (BMI)
- high systolic blood pressure (the top number)
- elevated triglyceride levels
- elevated blood sugar levels
- elevated total cholesterol levels.
The study included a sample of 2406 men and 2569 women, 18- to 74-years-old.
Wilson P, Kannel W, Silbershatz H, D’agostino R. Clustering of metabolic factors and coronary heart disease. Arch Intern Med. 1999 May 24, 159(10):1104-09.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Framingham Heart Study
MA 01701, USA
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