FAT AND THE HEART
ANCHOR LEAD: FAT IS MORE RISKY FOR THE HEART THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Obesity has a deleterious impact on most cardiovascular risk factors, and is now known to be associated with more plaque inside arteries, a study conducted at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere reveals. Roger Blumenthal, study author and director of the Cicarrone Center for Preventive Cardiology at Hopkins, describes the study.
BLUMENTHAL: We looked at nearly 6800 individuals, who were middle aged, aged 45 to 84, and we looked at the association between body size and traditional risk factors for heart disease. And our data really emphasize the epidemic of obesity in pretty much all racial and ethnic groups: whites, Hispanics, and African Americans. The more overweight a person was the worse their risk factors. Their blood pressure, their cholesterol, their blood sugar, but also we saw clear evidence of increased plaque in the neck arteries as well as the heart itself. :32
The only ethnic group studied that seemed to keep obesity and other risk factors under control was Chinese Americans. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.