May 2002 Issue
F Losing weight may protect the heart by reducing blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that is a proven risk factor for heart disease. At the University of Vermont in Burlington, researchers found that high CRP levels were linked to greater abdominal fat and total body fat in 61 postmenopausal, obese, middle-aged women. When 25 of the women then lost an average of 32 pounds over 14 months, CRP
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