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Metabolically Healthy People At Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Events Than General Population

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Recent research indicates that healthy obese individuals are still at risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart failure or stroke, than people at normal weight. Investigators in the United Kingdom studied people with a body mass index in excess of 30, who lacked metabolic complications linked to obesity (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats). Researchers assembled the records of 3.5 million individuals over the age of 18 who did not have cardiovascular disease. Any individuals with complications associated with obesity were omitted from the study. Compared to normally-weighted individuals, people who were obese and metabolically healthy had a 50 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease, a 7 percent increased risk of cerebrovascular disease, and doubled their risk of heart failure. Read more about this at Science Daily.

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