Watch your fat, Watch your heart!

Watch your fat, Watch your heart!


New study shows that more body fat increases the risk of heart diseases 

A dinner table (for one) filled with an exquisite array of jam-filled doughnuts, a bucket of fried chicken, and an XL pepperoni pizza after a long day of work really does sounds like the dream doesn’t it? Even if it’s more food than you know you’ll be able to eat at the time, the fact of the matter is it just tastes SO GOOD.  But as the old saying goes “a second on the lips, forever on the hips”. Helping to prove that statement is researcher Dr. Stamatina Iliodromiti in her recently published article showing evidence that as body fat or adipose tissue increased, so did the associated risk for heart disease. In a cohort of both European male and female adults, those who fell within the “normal” range of body mass index (BMI) – 22 to 23 – had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) while those in the highest range were at the most risk of CVD.

Another important point touched upon on was the medical hypothesis that holds that obesity may counterintuitively be protective or associated with a greater survival in certain groups of people, such as the elderly or for people with certain chronic diseases. Iliodromiti spoke out about the controversial topic and mentioned that the studies done previously supporting the theory were contradictory and that “a study was needed to provide a definite answer about how obesity and health disease are associated.”



 In her analysis of 295,535 white individuals who were free of CVD at baseline, observed for an average of 5 years and had a BMI of over 22, for each standard deviation increase in BMI – 4.3 for men and 5.2 for women – there was an associated 13% increase in CVD. Several other measures of adiposity also reported similar findings for this increased CVD risk. These included a higher risk associated with one standard deviation increase in waist circumference -- five inches (12.6 cm) for women and 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) for men. Similarly, every 6.9% and 5.8% increase in body fat mass percentage for women and men, respectively, was tied to an increased CVD risk (HR 1.12, 1.09-1.15 [women]; 1.06, 1.03-1.09 [men]).



If you’re looking to see exactly how much fat you have on board in your body, order a DEXA scan today! (  - insert hyperlink) Know thy fat percentage, know thyself!


[Pull Quote] "We were not entirely surprised, as we perceived that the protective effect of fat did not make sense, and we indeed showed that in healthy individuals when we excluded smokers and people with the preexisting disease, the protective effect of fat disappeared," said Iliodromiti.



Written By: Hamza Furmli

Bachelor of Health Sciences, Class of 2020







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