The BIG risk factor for heart attack hiding in plain sight
It’s time to bust a major medical myth… one that millions of Americans believe right now.
You might even be one of them.
It’s called “fat but fit,” or the idea that you can be obese but still healthy.
This isn’t a matter of being in denial, mind you.
You might know that you’ve got a little too much around the middle… maybe even WAY too much around the middle… but you can still get around well and have a mostly healthy (even active!) lifestyle and no bad habits.
No smoking, not a touch of booze, and no symptoms or signs of any chronic disease.
You might even have perfect results on blood tests and no other obvious risk factors for disease beyond your weight.
It’s tempting to think that you’re one of the lucky ones, especially when you read the occasional study about how some overweight and obese people can actually live longer.
Well, friend, new research hopefully puts this myth to bed once and for all.
You might THINK that you’re healthy… but you’re NOT!
The new study shows how chronic disease is just waiting to happen.
Guys, every 4.3-point jump in your BMI past 22 increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other nightmare health problems by 13 percent. If your BMI is 35, that’s a jump in risk of nearly 40 percent even if you seem to be otherwise healthy and have NO SIGN of heart problems.
Ladies, your risk of those same problems jump for every 5.2 points you grow on the chart. If your BMI is between 32 and 33, you’re facing a 26 percent increase in the risk of heart attack, stroke, and more.
It’s the same for your waistline.
Ladies, every 5 inches past a 29-inch waistline will increase your risk of heart disease by 16 percent. Guys, every 4.5 inches past 33 will boost those odds by 10 percent.
The study also found similar links for waist-to-hip ratio and overall body fat – and it all held true regardless of other “conventional” risk factors.
In other words, the “fat-but-fit” myth is just that. It’s a myth — and if you’re a little overweight yourself, it’s time to take action to shrink your waistline and cut your risks.
The best way to do that is with a healthy and enriching Mediterranean lifestyle, the only diet not only proven to help you lose weight but also cut the risk of today’s leading killers including heart attack, stroke, and cancer.
Need some one-on-one help? I’m here for you! If you’re in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
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