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Obesity is a Heart Disease Killer in its Own Right

Obesity is a killer all by itself, even without other biological or social risk factors traditionally associated with coronary heart disease, according to new research.

Increasing weight is associated with risk factors for coronary artery disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It has been assumed that these factors have been responsible for the increased risk of heart disease seen in obesity.

Science Daily reports:

“Inflammation is a strong factor in fatal cardiovascular disease, and obesity is increasingly being recognized as an inflammatory state, which may partly explain how obesity is linked to heart disease, say the [study’s] authors. This has implications for treatment and prevention”.

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