Excess weight and heart disease

Heartistry Online ToolExcess weight increases the risk for heart disease, and maintaining a normal weight decreases the risk. Excess weight causes:

  • Increased work load for the heart
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Increased triglycerides
  • Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Increased insulin resistance
  • Increased risk for diabetes

Losing weight with lasting results can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Understanding some of the principals of weight management and having some basic know-how can help create healthier habits that will contribute to slow, steady, lasting weight management.

Suggestions for additional reading:

  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, 2006
  • The Body Shape Solution to Weight Loss and Wellness by Marie Savard, M.D. with Carol Svec, 2005
  • The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene, 2006