Monday, January 12, 2009

Just a little overweight?

In a recent study, doctors who were only slightly overweight had a higher risk of heart attacks as shown in the article below.

".. some of our colleagues in the Physicians Health Study -- about 40 percent of the more than 21,000 participating docs -- are a little overweight. They're sporting BMIs of 25 to 29.9, or waists of 37 to 41 inches (measured at the belly button while sucking in). That's not enough weight to be obese, but it's too much to get them featured on the next Hot Doctors calendar.

And the newest findings from that study suggest that they -- and YOU, of course -- have more to worry about than losing the June slot to McDreamy. Carrying just a little excess weight gave these guys a 49 percent higher risk of heart failure than their lean counterparts. (Obese people had a 180 percent higher risk).

Heart failure is common but serious stuff: It means the heart can't keep up with your body's demands on it. Pressure rises in the heart, and blood and fluid backs up into your lungs, so you get tired and short of breath easily."

So get your weight down! If you need help, just give me a call and we can start on a Health Coaching program that fits your needs and pocketbook.

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