Obesity is an independent risk factor for death from CHD

Logue, J. (2011) Obesity is an independent risk factor for death from CHD. Practitioner, 255(1738), p. 5.

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Obesity is now commonplace and, given the higher prevalence of morbidity, GPs may well see as many obese as non-obese patients every day. While we can treat raised blood pressure and cholesterol, and diabetes effectively, obesity poses a difficult challenge. Even if time and resources were available, the evidence shows that often only small amounts of weight loss are feasible, and even these are difficult for patients to maintain long term. We still need to confirm that weight reduction actually results in the long-term health benefits that non-intervention, cohort studies ....predict. Urgent work is required to find effective methods of helping patients lose weight that also result in an improvement in health outcomes. In the meantime, it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle and help patients with weight loss as much as possible. It is worth remembering that, for most, weight maintenance will be a significant improvement on inevitable weight gain.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Logue, Dr Jennifer
Authors: Logue, J.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Practitioner

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