Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

Recent research shows that where fat is distributed most within the body, and not body weight, may be more indicative of cardiovascular risk in women over the age of 50.

Researchers studied data from 161,808 women aged 50–79 to find out whether BMI or fat distribution was associated with cardiovascular risk. It was found that women with the highest percentage of fat stored around their middles and trunks and the lowest percentage of fat around their legs had the highest risk of cardiovascular disease.

It is emphasized that more research is needed to understand this possible relationship. The findings have been published in the European Heart Journal.

Research in a large cohort of women over the age of 50 suggests that body shape, resulting from fat distribution, is associated with cardiovascular risk.

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