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Lose Weight Now and Prevent Heart Attacks



A new study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers discovers the connection of heart problems with not losing weight at an earlier time.  A person who undergoes weight loss at an earlier time can keep away from heart problems.

The study was conducted by Lili Barouch, M.D., the senior author of the study and a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and associates on two groups of mice, the first group were 2 months old (young adults in mice years.  The second group was 6 to 7 months (middle age).  All the mice genetically engineered with no leptin, a hormone responsible for triggering the feeling of fullness.  A deficiency in that hormone will cause obesity since they will not stop eating.  Both groups of mice suffer from heart damage.

Both groups of mice lost an equal amount of weight after four weeks of a restricted diet.  However, the younger mice’s hearts were functioning normally while the older mice’s hearts were impaired.

While the research proves that weight loss at an earlier age might have a positive effect in the heart among younger animals, Baroach noted that further study needed to clarify if the same finding can be applied to people. For the time being, the research ought to encourage obese people to lose weight at an earlier time to reduce the possibility of heart diseases later on in their life.

Majd AlGhatrif, M.D., one of the study authors and an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates the mice that have been obese for a long time cannot reverse the effect of heart damage.

Researchers claimed that they are not sure if weight loss at an earlier time has also the same effect on humans the same way as mice.  The study is just a precaution to stay away from an unhealthy lifestyle and watch observe weight management at an early age to stay away from diseases.