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Can Losing Weight Improve Heart Health?

Heart Health

Did you know that obesity affects around 1 in 4 adults in the UK? And one of the most common risks associated with obesity is developing heart and cardiovascular disease. Read more to understand how weight loss can help improve your heart health and prevent your risks of developing heart disease:  

Obesity and heart health:  

Obesity is a very common health condition which is classified as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and over. Although  BMI is not the only method used to classify obesity, it is a good health indicator for most people.  

Generally, obesity is caused by consuming more calories than you burn off, causing the excess energy consumed to be stored as fat. Due to the increased presence of fat in the body, people with obesity are at a higher risk of developing serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and strokes. According to the NHS, obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to psychological problems such as depression and low self-esteem.  

How losing weight can help your heart health:  

Research has shown that weight loss is an effective way to reduce the burden of obesity, and the risk of developing obesity-related conditions. Here are 3 ways losing weight can help improve heart health:  

1.Weight loss can improve heart function: People with obesity require a heart that is able to pump greater amounts of blood, which can lead to an enlarged heart and thicker heart muscles. Losing weight can help your heart pump blood more efficiently around the body.  

 

 

2. Weight loss can improve cholesterol levels in the blood:  According to research, obesity and weight gain are often linked with high levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream, this increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Losing weight and eating a balanced diet may reduce the progression of cholesterol build-up and reduce the risk of developing the disease.  

 

 

3. Weight loss can help manage blood pressure levels: Individuals with obesity often have a higher blood pressure, because the heart requires more blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to the body. High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a common cause of heart attacks. Even small amounts of weight loss can help with reducing blood pressure, which decreases the risk of hypertension.  

 

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*Please consult your GP if you have a medical condition and are looking to change your diet.


Lujain Alhassan

Lujain Alhassan

Writer and expert

Lujain is a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) and the Nutrition Coordinator at exante. She loves reading and yoga, as well as her cat Leo!


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