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Doctors are constantly trying to convince their overweight or obese patients to lose weight, but it can be a difficult process. It seems as though everyday new research pops up that underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy size. For example, according to recent research published in Circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association, experiencing a spike in blood pressure during middle age, something that can be brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle, can increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
According to The Mayo Clinic, the more a person weighs the more blood they need to supply oxygen to their tissues. This increase of blood volume puts greater pressure on artery walls, causing hypertension, or high blood pressure.
"Both avoiding hypertension during middle age or delaying the onset of the development of hypertension appear to have a significant impact on an individual's remaining lifetime risk for CVD," said researcher Norrina Allen, Ph.D.
The scientists found that almost 70 percent of men who have hypertension in middle-age will experience a heart problem by the age of 85. This suggests that individuals who are concerned about their risk of CVD may want to speak to their doctor about effective ways to lose weight.
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