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EXCESS WEIGHT, OBESITY AND CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE


Obesity and Coronary Artery DiseaseExcess weight and obesity greatly increase the likelihood of developing coronary artery disease (CAD). This latter disorder occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle become narrowed. The deterioration is a process called atherosclerosis and is caused by a build-up of plaque on the inner walls or linings of medium-sized and large arteries.

Plaque, which consists of a substance containing cholesterol, calcium, clotting proteins and other compounds, reduces the circumference of the arteries, impeding blood flow to the heart and oxygen supply to the heart muscle.

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the U.S. in both men and women. When blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart are reduced or cut off, you can develop:

Angina - chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart is not getting enough blood.

Heart attack - this happens when a blood clot suddenly cuts off most or all blood supply to part of the heart. Cells in the heart muscle that do not receive enough oxygen-carrying blood begin to die. This can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. Over time, coronary artery disease can weaken your heart muscle.

Heart Failure - this occurs when the heart is not able to pump blood to the rest of the body effectively. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. But it does mean that your heart is failing to pump blood the way that it should.

Arrhythmia - changes in the normal rhythm of your heartbeats, some of which can be quite serious.

Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) - an underlying cause of coronary artery disease, this disorder is characterized by a group of risk factors that include:
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  • Abdominal obesity - excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen
  • Atherogenic dyslipidemia - blood fat disorders like high triglycerides, low HDL "good" cholesterol and high LDL "bad" cholesterol which foster plaque build-up in artery walls
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Insulin Resistance - an underlying factor in obesity caused by the body's inability to properly use blood sugar and insulin
  • Prothrombotic state - the presence of high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor–1 in the blood stream
  • Proinflammatory state - the presence of elevated C-reactive protein in the blood
Metabolic Syndrome sufferers are at increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease as well as coronary artery disease and other disorders related to plaque build-up. These include stroke and peripheral vascular disease, as well as Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes. More than 50 million Americans are estimated to have Metabolic Syndrome.

Excess weight gain and obesity caused by the glucose and insulin imbalance called Insulin Resistance are key risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome. The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute advise that Metabolic Syndrome sufferers can be identified by having three or more of these components:
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  • Elevated waist circumference:
    Men - Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
    Women - Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)
  • Elevated triglycerides:
    Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL
  • Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:
    Men - Less than 40 mg/dL
    Women - Less than 50 mg/dL
  • Elevated blood pressure:
    Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg
  • Elevated fasting glucose:
    At least 110 mg/dL
Obesity and Coronary Artery DiseaseThe primary goal of someone suffering from excess weight and obesity-linked Metabolic Syndrome is to reduce the risk for coronary artery disease, Cardiovascular Disease and Pre-Diabetes. The latter is a reversible condition which, if neglected, can lead to irreversible Type 2 Diabetes and may require daily insulin injections for life. Type 2 Diabetes significantly increases the risk for blindness, amputation and kidney disease.

Excess weight and obesity may also linked to the onset of inflammation. For more information, click on Inflammation, Insulin Resistance and Weight Issues.

Lifestyle changes are crucial to reduce Cardiovascular Disease risks like LDL "bad" cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure) and unbalanced glucose and insulin levels.

There is no one pill to counter excess weight and obesity . A complete system is required to reverse this condition - one that includes nutraceuticals (vitamins, herbs and minerals that are disease-specific), a realistic exercise program combined with nutritional guidance and a support network that will help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices. Together, these factors can result in:
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  • Weight loss to achieve a desirable BMI (Body Mass Index) of less than 25 kg/m2
  • Increased physical activity, with an ultimate goal of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity 3-5 days per week
  • Healthy eating habits that include reduced intake of saturated fat, trans-fat and cholesterol
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"The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Thirty-four percent of adults are overweight and an additional 30% are obese. Thus, 2 of every 3 Americans have an unhealthy body weight. Obesity contributes to over 300,000 deaths per year, principally through its association with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several cancers. Obesity currently is the second leading cause of preventable death and will soon surpass cigarette smoking, the leading cause. Health economists estimate that obesity costs our nation approximately $100 billion a year. And these figures say nothing about the personal suffering of those affected by obesity."
Testimony of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, 9.15.2004 (.PDF)

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