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Risk of Coronary Disease Increases Every Year Someone is Obese
Date:7/17/2013

Vienna, VA (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

Have you been considering losing weight but decided to put it off to focus on other things? A new study shows that decision could be hazardous to your health. The study was led by Epidemiologist Jared Reis of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and it is summarized in a USA Today article published on July 16, 2013. The article was authored by Nancy Hellmich, and it is entitled “Longer time being obese leads to coronary disease.” According to the article, young adults increase their risk of developing plaque that hardens in their arteries for each year that they are afflicted by obesity, and this plaque can trigger serious complications much later in life that can include stroke and heart attack.

According to the article, young people suffering from obesity increase their risk of developing plaque-hardened arteries by between 2 and 4 percent for every year that they suffer from obesity. The article says that the study was conducted by collecting data on about 3300 subjects over a period of about 25 years which happens to coincide with the rise of obesity rates in the United States. It also says that part of the reason why obese people are more likely to develop hardened plaque is that fat triggers inflammation, which allows substances such as cholesterol, blood-clotting substances, and calcium to build up and form plaques in the arteries. The article quotes Dr. Mariell Jessup, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association as saying that “If there is inflammation in the lining of the coronary arteries, the body attempts to heal that area and may subsequently develop plaque as a way of healing. It’s not healthy healing, but that’s how it heals.” The article also says that atherosclerosis is the medical term used to describe the proc
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