-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Overweight and obese middle aged men need to map out a road to healthiness. Recent studies have shown that overweight and obese middle aged men have a higher chance of getting heart attacks, strokes, or premature death according to the Journal of the American Heart Association. This is true too, even if they aren’t a victim of metabolic syndrome (MetS).
Metabolic Syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that happen together and increase the risk for stroke, coronary artery disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Johan Arnlov, M.D, Ph.D, associate professor of cardiovascular epidemiology studied the occurrence of heart disease risk in obese people with MetS and obese people without MetS. He found that obese people without MetS showed a higher chance of heart disease rather than obese people with MetS. This is contradictory to past beliefs where people use to think obese middle aged men without MetS had a lower risk of heart disease. Johan Arnlov’s studies differ from past results because his follow up with his patients was longer.
Arnlov’s study took place within 30 years and included 1,758 men born between 1920 and 1924 in Uppsala, Sweden. Each individual was health evaluated at the age of 50 and individuals who already had diabetes or been hospitalized for heart disease was not included in the study.
Men were classified as having MetS if they have three or more of these syndromes during the original exam:
- High blood pressure
- High levels of blood fats called triglycerides (at least 150 mg/dl)
- High measure of BMI (body fat)
- The ability to handle glucose
In conclusion, studies show that overweight middle aged men, even without MetS should start watch out for their health because this group of people are at a higher chance of heart disease. These studies are not surprising because everyone should know that obesity worsens and creates many risk factors if not taken care of. Cutting the weight down possesses many significant health benefits.