You’re Not Alone
Two-thirds of all Americans are overweight; one-third of them are obese. It’s created an epidemic of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease, heart-related deaths — plus strokes and diabetes. Also, many types of cancer have been linked with obesity.
Fat Hurts Your Heart
Every major system in your body feels the stress of excess weight. The heart is the most obvious victim — as cholesterol builds, blood pressure rises, and arteries get clogged. Also, the blood loses its ability to clot which increases stroke risk.
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Fat Ups Male Hormones
Overweight women have higher levels of male hormones, which ups their risk of heart disease. Those hormones also cause male pattern balding, some excess facial hair, and acne.
Fat Triggers Diabetes
Excess weight affects another hormone — insulin — which leads to diabetes. Having diabetes increases your heart disease risk. It’s a vicious circle.