Skip to comments.Weight loss does not lower heart disease risk, says 11-year study
Posted on 06/27/2013 10:23:20 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Adults with diabetes can begin to realize many of these health benefits with even modest reductions in body weight and modest increases in physical activity.
People undergoing weight management and increased physical activity have no difference in heart attacks and strokes, a new study has suggested.
The landmark study investigating the long-term effects of weight loss on the risks of cardiovascular disease among patients with Type 2 diabetes, which was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and at clinical facilities throughout the United States, the multicenter clinical trial investigated the effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention program, intended to achieve and maintain weight loss in overweight or obese people with Type 2 diabetes, on rates of cardiovascular disease.
Begun in 2001, the trial enrolled more than 5,000 people at 16 clinical centers across the US.
The study found that weight loss among members of the studys Intensive Lifestyle Intervention group, provided with a program of weight management and increased physical activity, resulted in no difference in heart attacks and strokes when compared with the studys control group, the Diabetes Support and Education group, which was provided with only general health information and social support.
The effect of the intervention program on weight loss, however, was significant: Participants in the intervention group lost 8.7 percent of their initial body weight after one year of the study versus 0.7 percent among the control groups members; the intervention group also maintained a greater weight loss, 6 percent of their initial weight, versus 3.5 percent for the control group, at the studys conclusion.
The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study is the first to achieve such sustained weight loss. A weight loss of 5 percent or more in short-term studies is considered to be clinically significant and has been shown to improve control of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and other risk factors. Comparable weight loss can also help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese adults.
John Jakicic, chair and professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity in Pitts School of Education and Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, said weight loss improves physical function and quality of life, and causes reduction in risk factors like lipids and blood pressure with less reliance on medication, better diabetes control with less reliance on medication, improved sleep, psychological and emotional health benefits, and many others.
He said that adults with diabetes can begin to realize many of these health benefits with even modest reductions in body weight and modest increases in physical activity.
The study has been published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Yes, turned 80 this year. Obese woman all her life, syrian descent and eats everything. Tons of fruit, veggies, you name it. All balanced, no extremes. Just lots of everything. Also drinks lots of iced tea. NO heart problems. NONE. She has a very discerning palate, too (actually just an acute sense of smell). No it’s not me. She does have an inherited problem though with her veins, but not weight related.
genetics most likely
My mother on the other hand ate lots of potato chips and cookies and cake and junk food. Stroke at 72.
When they control their blood sugar by losing weight they stop getting serious infections and other symptoms.
They lose weight and blood sugar controlled and they crave the crap food and gain it back again.
True, I am specifically talking diabetes and yo-yo,
But I think they want fat people to not give up so they tell them to try again.
See food diet, you mean. LOL
They better not!
I just quit smoking two weeks ago after smoking for forty years!
Hang on. I’ve got to pick-up a midnight combo pizza
and a couple of 40s.....oh, and some ice cream. Save
my place; I want to read this.
Orson Welles. Barely.
Mark Twain observes of Tom Sawyer’s Aunt Polly, “she was particularly devoted to her health magazine, never noticing that the good advice in this one contradicted the good advice in the previous one.”
OK, then the hell with it...pass the bag of donuts.
I guess Gov Christie will live forever.
I do. I have known several fat women who have lived over 90.
They were actually normal women, but by todays BMI they were considered obese.
It’s said that a glass or two of wine is great for the heart. Dunno about any other type of alcohol, though. Wine gives me a headache, and I love beer and whiskey.
I don’t foresee ever smoking again as I have really lost the desire and it is such a pain in the ass because of the no-smoking fanatics. At least I am not paying their taxes for them.
A pox on them all.
(Not aimed at you dear just the same type of fanatics that brought us prohibition and therefore empowered the IRS, Justice Department and the mob which in turn gave us the Kennedy clan.)
It took me several tries to actually stick to it and I have been happy about that ever since. I finally made myself imagine what cancer of the larynx would be like every time I smoked a cig. After a couple of weeks I threw the pack against the wall and never smoked again.
It was sometime after that the smell of smoke started making me hate it.
Thousands. We lived near century village and other retirement communities.
Thousands upon thousands.
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