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  • Exhaustion increases weight gain in women by 10 pounds after six years and in men by 7-8 pounds

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2008 12:50 pm Email this article
    Both black and white women with "vital exhaustion", defined as excess fatigue, irritability and feelings of demoralization, weigh about 10 pounds more after six years than those with no vital exhaustion, while the difference in men is 7-8 pounds according to research from the University of Leeds in Leeds, England. Subjects


    The study was a “community-based sample of 15,792 white and African-American men and women 45– 64 years of age were recruited from four communities in the United States: Washington County, Maryland; Forsyth County, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota.”


    Heart Attacks

    Vital exhaustion may be involved in 30-60% of heart attacks

    Vital exhaustion also appears to be a important risk factor for heart attacks.

    According to the paper, it has been estimated that vital exhaustion precedes between one-third and two-thirds (30-60 percent) of cardiac events, which would mainly be heart attacks.

    People with vital exhaustion were 86 percent more likely to have angina than those without vital exhaustion.

    “[Vital exhaustion] is a strong risk indicator for first and recurrent cardiac events.”



    Vital exhaustion increases the risk of stroke by 2.4-fold

    Another study found that the one-third of people who scored the highest for vital exhaustion were 2.4 times more likely to have a stroke than the one-third of people who scored the lowest for vital exhaustion.


    Bryant M, Stevens J, Truesdale K, Mosley T, Chambless L. Obesity and vital exhaustion: Analysis of the atherosclerosis risk in the communities study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jul, 16(7):1545-51.


    Maria J. Bryant
    Clinical Trials Research Unit
    University of Leeds
    Leeds, UK
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