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Losing Weight Cuts Risk for Heart Disease

Another reason to maintain a healthful weight: Being just 10 percent overweight increases your risk for coronary artery disease, according to 2004 information from the American Obesity Association. But losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, and keeping it off, can significantly decrease insulin levels and high blood pressure, thereby decreasing your risk for diabetes, stroke and heart attack.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Last Review Date: 2/24/2005
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