Gaining a few pounds is already enough to affect the heart

We know that overweight, often associated with hypertension, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. A new study * from the University of Texas (USA) shows that even minimal weight gain already increases this risk. To reach these conclusions, the researchers analyzed data from more than 1,200 adults for seven years without heart disease: measures of their fat progress and MRI of the heart. Their findings: all fluctuations in the balance, from 3 pounds for a woman or 4 pounds for a man (about 5% of the weight) has an impact on the heart muscle, even if one is in good health. Scientists have found a thickening of the left ventricle, which can lead to heart failure. Gaining weight over time also decreases the pumping capacity of the muscle.

Maintaining a constant weight could therefore be an important preventive strategy for cardiovascular diseases, especially after 50 years when weight gain, even minimal, is common especially in women with the onset of menopause. At this age, it is more important than ever to watch your plate and maintain regular physical activity to avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. Some diets, like Dash or IG, can help. Talk to your doctor.

* published in Journal of the American Heart Association.

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