Could Obesity Prevent Heart-Related Deaths?

obesestationarybikeFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article from Red Orbit that I wanted to promote here entitled Could Obesity Help Prevent Heart-Related Deaths? An interesting finding from the UK which states that obese cardiac patients are actually less likely to die from their heart-related condition than those who maintain normal body weight. The study discovered that subjects who participated in physical activity at least one time per week and who did not smoke had a lower risk of dying, no matter their weight. They also discovered obese patients who did not exercise nor follow other healthy lifestyle recommendations still had a lower risk of death than their normal weight counterparts who smoked or did not exercise. Very interesting finding, and you are encouraged to visit the Red Orbit web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. There is probably a little more research needed in this area to confirm these findings, but nonetheless, very helpful information.”

From the article…..

Obese cardiac patients are actually less likely to die from their heart-related condition than those who maintain normal body weight, researchers from University College London claim in a new study.

According to Andrew Kincade of Examiner.com, the investigators studied 4,400 heart patients hailing from England and Scotland. They found that patients with cardiovascular issues who were clinically obese – having a body mass index (BMI) score of at least 30 – were less likely to die within a seven-year time span than their fitter counterparts.

“The study found that those who engaged in physical activity at least once a week and who did not smoke had a lower risk of dying, no matter their weight,” Kincade explained. “However, obese patients who did not exercise nor follow other healthy lifestyle recommendations still had a lower risk of death than their normal weight counterparts who smoked or did not exercise.”

Thirty-one percent of the patients who were analyzed as part of the study were considered obese, BBC News reported on Saturday. Those individuals were said to have been younger, but also in worse health overall.

Those individuals also had additional heart-related risk factors, including higher cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the researchers explained in the journal Preventive Medicine. Furthermore, even obese patients who did not follow medical recommendations for healthy living had a lower risk of death that normal weight patients who smoked or did not regularly exercise.

“We don’t yet understand this paradox and we would clearly not advise patients to put on weight,” lead researcher Dr. Mark Hamer told the British news organization. “One of the more sensible explanations may be that when obese patients present to their doctor, they are given more aggressive treatment because they are seen as very high risk.”

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