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Health Problems Have Worsened For Obese in U.S.

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Obese adults in the U.S. have worse heart health and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes today than in the late 1980s, a new study suggests.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Obesity is an inflammatory condition, and high blood sugar levels are cause by insulin resistance which is also a consequence of inflammation.  The reason that high cholesterol and blood pressure levels are slightly decreasing (from 70% to 62%) in the obese are the increasing use of medications.   This is good for drug companies, but not so good for the patient.  However, the drugs to treat high blood sugar have a lot of complications that limits their use.  It should be pointed out that 15% of the obese subjects were metabolically normal.  These are the people who fall into the category of “metabolically healthy obese”.




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