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Heart Disease: How Losing Weight Reduces Heart Risks

By Dante Noe Raquel II , Jan 26, 2017 08:22 PM EST
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Working out your healthy physique feels like a far-flung goal, you need to pull out more willpower and focus on one thing "healthy you". Even a small amount of weight loss work-out can compensate for better heart health.

"Without a doubt that just by losing 5 to 10 percent of your fatty weight, you can reduce the risk of heart problems like stroke and heart attack," says E. Dean Nukta, MD, a medical director of interventional cardiology at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Hospital.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and also published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that as long as you cut calories in your diet, the type of diet you have doesn't matter as much as experts once thought it did. In addition, you may not need to worry about a specific balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats diet - just reducing calorie intake alone can help secure heart health benefits.

Maintaining A Healthy Weight Is, Of Course, A Substantial Part Of Heart Health

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 66 percent of American grownups are painstaking overweight, and 32 percent of them are consider now overweight. Starting small might be an effective way to approach weight loss.

Nukta recommends to cut back at least 500 calories a day and getting at least 90 minutes of physical activity weekly to get you in shape. Then work that exercise routine to the American Heart Association suggested two-and-a-half hours a week.

What Happens to Your Heart As You Lose Weight?

  • Blood vessels - Losing weight decreases your heart's workload, says Dr. Nukta. Blood vessels supply the heart with blood it needs to keep it pumping. As you lean-to lose pounds, there's less fat hugging around and forming plaque that could build and clog up coronary arteries, causing a heart attack. Cut your weight, reduce your risk. "There is an unswerving relationship between a healthy weight and good blood pressure. If you lose weight, you may be able to reduce your blood pressure medicines or even remove them," Nukta says.
  • Blood fats - The blood fats, or blood lipids, in your bloodstream modify when you shed pounds. "Weight loss can will decrease triglycerides , your LDL cholesterol go down, and your HDL cholesterol go up," says Nukta. It means there are more good cholesterol and less bad cholesterol fat floating in your bloodstream.
  • Blood clots - Sometimes blood slows down and can form lumps. Healthy weight and lower blood pressure normally mean fewer blood clots, so slimming down somewhat makes it less likely to clot, it will break away and blood will travel to your heart, lungs, or brain easily.
  • Your belly - Fat around belly and heart are detrimental to heart health. In 2011, a study published in the journal Cardiology discover that even normal-weight people with a "beer belly" or "muffin top" related to heart disease have an increased risk of death than those with inversely distributed weight. And research displays that hidden fat around the heart may be an even bigger time-bomb of cardiac disease than the waistline.

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