Weight loss turns back the clock on heart disease

graph showing projected rates of new heart disease cases

Published: January, 2012

Aging is one heart disease risk factor we can't do anything about. But researchers predicted that between now and 2042, a nationwide 10% reduction in body mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight), shown by blue bars, would offset 80% of the projected rise in heart disease due to age (pink bars). The flip side is even weightier: a 10% population-wide increase in body mass index (red bars) would more than double the increase in heart disease cases expected due to age alone (American Journal of Medicine, September 2011).

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