Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Modest Weight Gain Can Predispose You to Heart Disease

Men and women who are considered to be normal weight based on their body mass index (BMI) could still be at risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) if their body fat levels are too high.

People with NWO (Normal Weight Obesity) syndrome are not overweight but are at high risk of heart disease because of their elevated levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines that contribute to the development of CVD, atherosclerotic processes, and insulin resistance. This early inflammatory state could be a significant indicator of their future risk for obesity, CVD, and the metabolic syndrome.

One of the ways to calculate normal weight obesity is to know weight gain after 18 or 20 years of age. Even very modest weight gain (> 5 kg) after age 18 years in women and after age 20 years in men increases the risk of CHD and type 2 diabetes at all levels of initial BMI. More than 67% people with normal BMI who reported for the check ups at the mela had gained more than 10 kg body weight after the age of twenty.

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