Being Fat Doesn’t Necessarily Lead To Cardiovascular Diseases

June 24, 2010

Weight Loss News

In a new study done b the Dutch it has been proven that not all obese people develop cardiovascular disease. Some of them are lucky because they have a good functioning body which keep in check all its functions. But who exactly are those lucky overweight people?

To be able to take out of your mind the stress related with your excess fat and possible cardiovascular diseases you have to find out if your are metabolically fit. This isn’t that hard to do as it sounds. To be metabolically fit you have to have no history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or high blood pressure, or high cholesterol or triglycerides. If you never encountered any problems in those areas you can count yourself lucky.

Dr. Andre van Beek said that "Metabolically healthy obese persons do not have the elevated cardiovascular risk of obesity, but represent only a small subset of the total obese population." He is the lead researcher of the study from the University Medical Center in Groningen which did the study.

The results of the study were obtained after a 7 year follow up on the original volunteers. Of the 1,325 overweight people who took part in the study only 90 were metabolically fit. At the end of the study the 90 metabolically fit participant showed the least signs of cardiovascular diseases. In fact just one of them was suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

The conclusions of the study tend to point that not all overweight people should be worrying about getting cardiovascular diseases. There are a few lucky one that will avoid buying expensive medicine just because they are metabolically fit.

But you should take the results of this study with a grain of salt. Not all researchers are happy. Some say that the small time period and the small number of participants makes extrapolating good scientific result kind of hard. Further tests and studies have to be done to come to a clear conclusion.

Here is what Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California had to say about the result of the study "while this study did not find increased risk associated with obesity if no metabolic abnormalities were present, it is important to note that other studies with longer-term follow-up have shown there is an increased risk of cardiovascular events in these individuals. The balance of evidence suggests that, over the long-term, obesity imparts higher cardiovascular risk, even if metabolic abnormalities are not present at baseline."

Further studies are needed for a clear solution. While scientists play in their laboratories if you are overweight but metabolically fit you can be less stressed about an impending cardiovascular disease. Still you should get your ass moving and lose weight fast. You can’t count on your body bailing you out of trouble forever.

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