A new study proves that heart disease that results from excess body fat cannot be avoided through exercise!
It has always been believed that exercise and high physical fitness are sufficient to reduce the bad side effects that fat causes on heart health, but a recent study by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology refuted this belief.
Dr. Alejandro Lucia, who conducted this study, explains that it is not possible for a person to enjoy good health despite being obese, as the side effects of high fat on the heart cannot be eliminated.
It has long been suggested that obese athletes have the same level of heart disease risk as lean non-athletes, leading to controversial suggestions about the priority of exercise over weight loss.
Therefore, this new study sought to determine the relationship between weight, exercise and heart health, by pooling data from several people.
Where people were divided between those who suffer from obesity and those who suffer from overweight and others of a healthy weight depending on the body mass index and most of them were physically inactive, while some of them were inactive enough, and another part carried out regular physical activities.
Some of the study participants had high cholesterol, others had high blood pressure, and others had diabetes.
After analyzing the relationship between body mass index, physical activity level and risk factors, it was found that doing any sports activity would reduce the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol or blood pressure, which illustrates the importance of exercising.
But despite the importance of physical activity, the study also showed that the risk of heart disease among obese or overweight people exceeds the risk of developing heart disease for those with a healthy weight, regardless of the amount of physical activity exerted by any of them.
Dr. Lucia explained that doing exercise does not compensate for the side effects of weight gain for both men and women, which explains the necessity of losing excess weight as a primary goal to prevent heart disease.
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