September 11, 2010

Losing Weight Bad for Your Heart? No, GAINING Weight Bad for Your Heart!!

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:08 am by keepyourhearthealthy

photo by federico stevanin

I‘m sure many people have heard about this shocking new study which claims that losing weight is bad.

According to this Korean study, people who lost MORE weight over a ten year period had higher amounts of bad chemicals in their blood called persistent organic pollutants.  The theory is that fat holds on to these pollutants and thus when you lose the fat, the pollutants are released into the bloodstream and cause terrible effects throughout the body.  They claim that people who lose the most amount of weight over a ten year period are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension and diabetes (some reports even say it increases the risk of heart disease as well!).

What is a health-minded person supposed to think about this new information?  I heard one of the doctors on the news say the best advice yet regarding this study: Avoid gaining weight at all costs!!  The moral here is that people who gain too much weight and then lose it are still at an increased risk of disease.  If you are overweight or obese right now, most studies support the idea that you need to LOSE it and get down to a healthy weight.  BUT now you should be even more motivated to keep all the weight off so that you can avoid any more surges of pollutants in your bloodstream.

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