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kantim 05-16-2013 12:57

Body fat hardens arteries after middle age
 
Body fat hardens arteries after middle age

Having too much body fat makes arteries become stiff after middle age, a new study has revealed.

In young people, blood vessels appear to be able to compensate for the effects of obesity. But after middle age, this adaptability is lost, and arteries become progressively stiffer as body fat rises potentially increasing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

The researchers suggest that the harmful effects of body fat may be related to the total number of years that a person is overweight in adulthood. Further research is needed to find out when the effects of obesity lead to irreversible damage to the heart and arteries, they said.

Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for heart disease, but the reasons for this are not fully understood.

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In young adults, those with more body fat had less stiff arteries. However, after the age of 50 increasing body fat was associated with stiffer arteries in both men and women.

Body fat percentage, which can be estimated by passing a small electric current through the body, was more closely linked with artery stiffness than body mass index, which is based just on weight and height. Men are on average about 21 per cent fat and women 31 per cent fat.

stewchi 05-16-2013 19:40

So your not middle aged until over 50, SWEET then I'm still a young adult :)

moon 05-16-2013 20:17

Uch - more confirmation that I have work to do, dadgummit.

canadiandude 05-16-2013 22:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by stewchi (Post 163078)
So your not middle aged until over 50, SWEET then I'm still a young adult :)

Me too! Road trip to Lauderdale, Stewchi? :cool:


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