Losing Weight Reduces the Risks From Heart Disease

by Carey on 08/08/2013

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A Vermont based study has provided more evidence to support what has previously been determined regarding the impact of weight loss on the risk of illness and death from heart disease. It provided more findings to support the claim that bringing a person’s body weight into a healthier range will lower the chances of heart disease related risks.

Within the study, postmenopausal women who had reduced their weight considerably were found to have considerably lower levels of C- reactive protein (CRP) in their blood. This protein is a heart disease risk blood marker.

CRP is a form of inflammatory protein that the body releases naturally when it has experienced an injury or infection. Levels of CRP that are persistently elevated in the blood stream are believed to increase the risk of heart disease and its related symptoms. The reason for this is that this protein and other similar substances, which are known as cytokines, have a tendency to attract cells to the inflammation site. This can contribute to cholesterol deposit formations within the arteries. When that occurs the risk of illness or death from heart disease is increased. Moreover, it also makes the deposits more prone to being ruptured, which results in a heart attack.

University of Vermont, Burlington researchers conducted an analysis on blood samples that were drawn during a weight loss study that had previously been conducted. That research had involved the participation of 25 Caucasian women who were postmenopausal. On average, the group lost 33 pounds and an average of 25 percent of their body fat mass.

Moreover, the CRP levels within the blood of the participating women dropped to nearly one third of what it had been before they had lost the weight. As a whole, the reduction was larger than what would have been possible by coincidence or chance, and was proportional to the body weight and fat mass changes that were experienced by the women.

The research team concluded, therefore, that losing weight could represent a CRP level reduction intervention that is potentially very important. Furthermore, the decrease in the levels of CRP in the bloodstream was only one indicator that suggested that there was a reduced risk of death and illness related to heart disease. They commented that a number of other factors are changed in a positive way as a result of weight loss, as well and that this could contribute even further to better health.

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