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For Heart Disease Patients, Think Exercise, Not Weight Loss


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For people with coronary heart disease, losing weight will not prolong life, a new study reports, but increasing physical activity will.

To their surprise, Norwegian researchers found that in some coronary heart disease patients — those of normal weight — weight loss actually increased the risk for death.

The study, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, included 3,307 patients followed for an average of 16 years. There were 1,493 deaths.

Lowering body mass index by more than 0.10 in a year was associated with a 30 percent increase in the risk for death, but only in those of normal weight at the start. Weight gain was not associated with mortality.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/05/well/move/heart-disease-exercise-weight-loss.html

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