Thursday, July 4, 2013

Loosing weight did NOT cut heart attacks and strokes

Type II diabetes affects millions of Americans.  It usually comes later in life and is associated with excessive weight gain.  

At meeting held recently, the American Diabetes Association reported that weight loss programs aimed at overweight adults DID NOT cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  

This was quite surprising in view of our common belief that obese individuals arre more prone to heart attacks and strokes. 

There was a silver lining, however. Weight loss did cut the development of chronic kidney disease.  

As a practicing cosmetic surgeon who consults with obese people regularly, I was puzzled by this report.  The study, conducted over 10 to 13 years, was stopped short due to the fact it was obvious weight loss was not going to effect heart disease.

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