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Reported July 18, 2013

Longer Duration of Obesity Raises Coronary Heart Disease Risk

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –In a study of adults over the past three decades, longer duration of overall and abdominal obesity starting in young adulthood was associated with higher rates of coronary artery calcification (CAC), a predictor of coronary heart disease.

“With a doubling of obesity rates for adults and a tripling of rates for adolescents during the last 3 decades, younger individuals are experiencing a greater cumulative exposure to excess adiposity during their lifetime. However, few studies have determined the consequences of long-term obesity,” Jared P. Reis, PhD, of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Md., and his colleagues were quoted as saying.

The study involved 3,274 participants.  Researchers found that during follow-up 40.4 percent and 41 percent developed overall and abdominal obesity.  Respectively, the average duration of obesity was 13.3 years and 12.2 years for those who developed overall and abdominal obesity; and overall, CAC was found in 27.5 percent of participants.

For more information, go to: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1713590

SOURCE: JAMA, July 2013

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