Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease Becomes a Major Concern in the US

According to a new study, obese people are at a higher risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases than those who are not obese. Professor Ki-Chul Sung from Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, South Korea said high blood pressure and diabetes increases the risks.

“People with metabolic disorders had a 1.6 fold increase in cardiovascular mortality, compared to those who do not have any such order,” Ki-Chul said.

Factors that increase risk for cardiovascular diseases include high level of fats in the blood, obesity, high blood sugar, reduced-high-density lipoprotein (RHD) or high blood pressure. The researchers analysed record of 155,971 people in the period 2002-2009.

The study involved analyzing mortality among the people by collecting death records from the National Statistical of Korea. The study showed that metabolic syndrome has a direct effect on risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared to their counterparts.

“When diabetes and high blood pressure patients were excluded from the study, the researchers discovered that the difference disappeared. “The analysis tells that diabetes and high blood pressure are significant factors that elevate the risk of death from cardiovascular disease among people with metabolic syndrome,” said professor Eun-Jung Rhee from the Sunghyunkwan University. “Young people having metabolic syndrome should be aware of the risk, particularly those who have high blood pressure and diabetes.”