Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obesity Epidemic and the Heart

Obesity doesn't impact just the brain, it impacts your heart, as well. Following are some examples:

  • People with increased belly fat had a 30% higher risk of AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)

  • Overweight and obesity puts you at a higher risk for high blood pressure, increased blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and heart disease. As your BMI rises, so does your risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

  • Estimates are the body contains from 60,000 to 100,000 miles of blood vessels—each pound of excess fat requires anywhere between 7 and 100 miles of new vessels. Do the math. Even taking the lowest estimate of 7 miles, 50 pounds of excess fat translates into 350 miles!

No wonder obesity and heart disease go hand in hand, your heart having to work harder to pump blood through extra miles of blood vessels

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