- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

European researchers studying over 500,000 individuals found that any instance of being overweight contributed to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, regardless if the individual is in good metabolic health.

The study, which was published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal, contradicts other research that people who are overweight or obese are at less of a risk for disease if they continue to have good metabolic health — via cardio biomarkers, including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars, that can help predict health risks.

“… Irrespective of metabolic health, overweight and obese people had higher [coronary heart disease] risk than lean people. These findings challenge the concept of ‘metabolically healthy obesity,’ encouraging population-wide strategies to tackle obesity,” the authors wrote in their conclusion.

Coronary heart disease refers to plaque buildup in the arteries that slows or prevents blood flow and can lead to heart attack.

The researchers evaluated data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, examining information on 520,000 individuals over a median period of 12.2 years and across 10 European countries.

“Our findings suggest that if a patient is overweight or obese, all efforts should be made to help them get back to a healthy weight, regardless of other factors,” lead author of the study, Dr. Camille Lassale, said in a statement released by the London Imperial School of Public Health.

“Even if their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol appear within the normal range, excess weight is still a risk factor.”

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