Tuesday, 21. August 2012
Because the study away from people who already had heart disease, Burke and colleagues suggest their figures underestimate the true prevalence of obesity.Global Health is a $ 75 billion impact on the economy of California, according to the report, an impact which includes an estimated $ 59.8 billion in revenue each year from companies in California to meet the health needs of the world, and an additional $ 8 billion of tax revenue – about seven % of total state taxes.
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Although it took more than high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, obese study participants had high blood pressure and blood sugar and cholesterol profiles most abnormal of n ‘of a normal weight participants.
Trial participants underwent a thorough investigation of their risk of heart disease. The researchers assessed the patients for the presence of traditional risk factors such as weight, high levels of LDL cholesterol and diabetes. They also looked for signs of subclinical cardiac disease, such as the accumulation of calcium in the arteries of the heart, narrowing of the carotid arteries, and increased muscle mass of the heart.
The results provide little good news, except for Chinese-American participants, only 33 percent of them were overweight and only 5 percent of them were obese. Participants in the study of other ethnic groups went wrong: 60 percent to 85 percent of whites, African-American and Hispanic participants were overweight.
But the most disturbing finding of the study is that, compared to normal weight persons who had the same traditional risk factors for heart disease, obese people showed signs of advanced subclinical heart disease. Obese people display higher rates of accumulation of calcium in the arteries of the heart, as well as a narrowing of the carotid arteries, and the mass measurements of the heart muscle. All these indicators suggest an increased risk of cardiac events in the future.
‘Our findings support the need to redouble our efforts to help increase healthy behaviors and to remove environmental barriers to maintaining a healthy weight,’ Burke and colleagues conclude.