Another Side Effect of Obesity: Fatal Blood Clots

Physicians have long suspected fatal pulmonary embolisms -- sudden blockages in a lung artery due to a clot traveling from the leg to the lung -- were a side effect of the obesity epidemic. Scientists recently pinned down that connection based on a review of records of more than 12 million obese patients over two decades. Even worse, obese men and women under age 40 are in an especially high risk group.

By the numbers:

  • Obese patients under age 40 increased their odds of a pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis by a factor of five.
  • Women under age 40 and struggling with obesity were at the highest risk -- a six-fold increase of deep venous thrombosis -- compared to slimmer females.
  • As a whole, obese patients were more than twice as likely to suffer from either a pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis.

One more interesting factoid worth mentioning: Physicians often miss diagnosing pulmonary embolisms, even though they are the third most common cardiovascular disease, after heart attack stroke. No wonder, the lifespan of the average American is falling.

Just another reason to remind you obesity is one of the easier conditions to treat, if you're willing to make some lifestyle changes. First and foremost is to retool your diet based on eating the right foods for your unique genetic biochemistry. One of the best ways to do is through determining your specific nutritional type.

American Journal of Medicine, Vol. 188, No. 9, September 2005: 978-980

Yahoo News September 9, 2005

MSNBC September 13, 2005

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