Obese heart patients live longer than thinner ones
May 24, 2009 9:55pm CST
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090518172654.htm http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=100424 http://heartdisease.about.com/od/dietandobesity/a/obesity_bad.htm Being overweight or obese have health risks that are constantly being reported, diabetes and heart disease being the big two. There is no denying that, but if an obese person does develop heart disease, and another one who is thinner develops heart disease with the same severity, the larger one statistically will live longer. The reasons are still being studied, but the possible theories are: - when thin people get heart disease, it is more aggressive and probably genetic - after all, they were not obese, so that was not the reason they got the condition in the first place. - obese people may have gotten help sooner, since obesity symptoms (being out of breath often, for example) are also signs of heart attacks. The second link has this quote: "But there is also some evidence, mostly from animal studies, suggesting a direct protective benefit for obesity, UCLA professor of cardiology and obesity paradox researcher Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, tells WebMD. "If such a benefit is proven, Fonarow says it could have profound implications for the management of overweight and obese heart patients."
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27 Nov 09
Wow!! this is something new for me. From what I have read or heard, I only know that obese people are more susceptible to heart diseases. Once they get the heart diseases I have not read any analysis that says that obese live longer than thinner. Cheers! Ram