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(Live Science) – A smaller number of obese people may be free from heart disease and diabetes risks – according to a Dutch research. This means that if an obese woman doesn’t have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and is metabolically healthy, obesity will not necessarily translate to heart complications.

Figures of these lucky obese people are very small, as the general population of obesity precludes
diabetes and heart disease risks. This new finding focuses on the metabolic risk profile and not the weight per se.

Metabolically healthy means having NO history of stroke, heart complications, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. This also means that metabolically healthy means not taking any cholesterol altering drug.

One expert disagrees however with the proposition. Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, dissents that even if this development did not further any risk pertaining to obesity, other studies have shown still that long term, an increased risk is still inevitable even in those metabolically healthy obese. Dr. Tae-Hwa Chun of the University of Michigan supports this dissent that further research will still have to determine what protects the some obese people from cardiovascular complications or risks. Chun maintains that what underscores the link between cardiovascular risk and obesity is the genetic mechanism of an individual, and not the body mass index per se.

Not until everyone has access to determining whether their genetic makeup will dictate heart complications in obesity, 8 out of 10 experts still recommend a healthy and active lifestyle to ward themselves off of heart complications – especially to the overweight and the obese who will need to lose weight.

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