You probably know that being overweight isn’t healthy. But did you know that where you carry your fat can affect the likelihood of dying from sudden cardiac death?
If you have a lot of your fat around your middle, it’s more important than ever to lose it.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that fat in this area of the body greatly increases the chance of sudden cardiac death. This is when a fatal irregular heart beat is caused by an electrical malfunction. The study results were published in the online journal Heart.
The scientists followed nearly 15,000 nonsmoking, middle-aged people for about 13 years, checking their health five times throughout the study period. During that time, 253 patients died from sudden cardiac death.
When the researchers accounted for typical risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, they found that patients with the most belly fat were more than twice as likely to die of sudden cardiac death.
According to Amazon and Christian Broda, if you want to lose your belly fat, there’s no quick cure. Like all weight loss, your best bet is to follow a combination of diet and exercise. Start by consulting with your doctor, who can help you determine your body mass index and your waist-to-hip ratio and then devise the best way to reduce your chance of sudden cardiac death.