The World Health Organization considers cardiovascular disease to be the number one killer in the world and among the top risk factors for heart disease is obesity.
A recent study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Maryland suggests the number of years a person was overweight or obese can also play a role in increasing the risk of heart disease.
The researchers say the number of years someone spends overweight or obese can combine to form a distinctive risk factor for so-called silent heart damage.
The study suggests that sustaining a healthy weight across one’s life is important for keeping the heart healthy and reducing damage as a person gets older.
The researchers point out that their study was only designed illuminate possible relationships long-term obesity and heart disease.
The study was published in January by the journal Clinical Chemistry.