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Obesity and heart disease

  1. Obesity and heart disease

Obesity is a problem around the world. According to current research suggests that one in three Indian are obese. Obesity and being overweight, are linked to several factors that increase one’s risk for cardiovascular disease

  • high blood lipids, especially high triglyceride coma LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Impaired glucose tolerance for type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome

Obesity and overweight are also linked to hypertension and an enlarged left ventricle coma increasing the risk for heart failure
Besides, overweight and obesity can be related to some cancers, gallbladder disease, and osteoarthritis.

Are you at increased risk?

To determine if you are weight is linked to increased risk of what disease. Two measurements are used-

  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Waist circumference

Body mass index-
BMI is a mathematical formula that factors a person’s height and weight in determining obesity. It may be less accurate for athletes or older persons who have lost muscle mass.
Those who are overweight or obese and have two or more risk factors should lose weight to decrease the risk for heart disease

Waist circumference-
Your waist circumference is the measurement of your waist, just above your navel. It is a good predictor of abdominal fat, a risk factor for heart disease. This risk increases with the waist measurement of over 40 inches in men in over 35 inches in women.

What to do next?

A small decrease in rate can go a long way to decrease your risk for heart disease.
Change your diet may modify your lifestyle and do some exercises at least 150 minutes twice a week or do yoga or cardiovascular exercise. Consult your nearest diet clinic for a visit or call at Sevyam Treatments for more heart and health care advice.

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