March 2002 Issue
How Weight Loss May Protect Your Heart
Obese women may have a lot to gain by losing weight, including reduced inflammation of their arteries, which lowers the risk of heart attack, according to new research from the University of Vermont in Burlington. In the study, 25 obese, otherwise healthy, postmenopausal women followed a 1,200-calorie American Heart Association "Step 2" diet, a strict cholesterol-lowering plan. Participants lost an average of 33 pounds over 14 months, resulting in a 32% drop in
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