When a woman is postmenopausal and overweight, losing weight is a good thing, but gaining back just a few pounds may actually be detrimental to her cardiovascular health. New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that gaining weight back after intentional weight loss is associated with negative long-term effects on some cardiometabolic (CM) risk factors in postmenopausal women.
In this paper, published online by the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, lead authors Daniel Beavers and Kristen Beavers wanted to look at how weight regain affects health risk in these women. The researchers looked specifically at CM risk factors – a cluster of risk factors that are indicators of a person’s overall risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They include blood pressure, HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose and insulin.
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