Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Low Level Of Body Fat Linked To Lower Risk Of Heart Failure

Low Level Of Body Fat Linked To Lower Risk Of Heart Failure

Relationship between heart disease and body composition

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that reducing the level of body fat and waist size are linked to a lower risk of heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, suggests that all weight loss isn’t equal when it comes to mitigating the risk of heart disease.

“Being overweight and obese are strong risk factors for both type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and patients are often counseled to lose weight to reduce the likelihood of developing both conditions,” said study author Ambarish Pandey from UT Southwestern Medical Centre in the US.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

Understanding the relationship between heart disease and body composition has proven especially challenging, Pandey explains, because there hasn’t been an easy and inexpensive way to evaluate body composition.

The gold standard of determining the fat mass and lean mass is to measure it directly with tools like dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), a scan that’s cumbersome, expensive, and exposes patients to radiation.

For the study, the research team investigated the effects of either an intensive lifestyle intervention focused on weight loss and physical activity or diabetes support and education in more than 5,000 overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes.

heart failure
Being overweight and obese are strong risk factors for both type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Pixabay

The study collected information on the volunteers’ weight, body composition, and waist circumference at the baseline and again one and four years later. It also tracked the incidence of heart failure in this group over a 12-year period.

Among the 5,103 participants, 257 developed heart failure over the follow-up period. The researchers found that the more these volunteers lowered their fat mass and waist circumference, the lower were their chances of developing heart failure.

Just a 10 percent reduction in a fat mass led to a 22 percent lower risk of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and a 24 percent lower risk of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, two subtypes of this condition.

ALSO READ: Homeopathy Suggestions In Dealing With Pollution And Respiratory Disorders

A decline in waist circumference significantly lowered the risk of heart failure with preserved injection fraction but not heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. However, a decline in lean mass didn’t change the risk of heart failure at all.

“Our study suggests that simply losing weight is not enough. We may need to prioritize fat loss to truly reduce the risk of heart failure,” the study authors wrote. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,779FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Indian Tunes At The Grammy Award Nominations This Year

Amid all the noise about snubs and transparency, there are a few Indian tunes that have struck the right note at the Grammy Award...

Revamp Your Workspace By These Seven Simple Step

In the era of social distancing where work from home has become the new norm, establishing a work-life balance can be tricky especially when...

A Tribute To India’s Textile Heritage- Showcasing India’s Textile Arts Digital Museum

Erstwhile royal families and historic properties have come together to pay tribute to India's textile heritage by working with karigars (or local artisan designers)...

U.S President-Elect Joe Biden Names Top Economic Officials

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to introduce the top economic officials they have picked for their administration at...

Chemical Compounds In Green Tea And Dark Chocolate Can Block The Virus

In a unique study, researchers have claimed that chemical compounds in foods or beverages like green tea, muscadine grapes, and dark chocolate can bind...

Post-Antibiotic Era Is A Threat To Global Health

Amid the pandemic, another challenge has been thrown up before mankind as antibiotic resistance has emerged as one of the biggest threats to global...

Top Games To Play on Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox

The next generation of Microsoft Xbox Series X/S and the Sony PlayStation 5 consoles are fast disappearing from the shelves and those who are...

Predicting Breast Cancer By Deep Learning Model

Researchers have developed a deep learning model that identifies imaging biomarkers on screening mammograms to predict a patient's risk for developing breast cancer with...

Recent Comments