Cyclic Weight Gain May Harm the Heart
Raloff, Janet, Science News
It may be worse to have lost pounds and regained them than never to have dieted at all -- from a life-expectancy standpoint, at least. That's the message from a new analysis of the effects of weight fluctuation on nearly 3,200 men and women in the Framingham (Mass.) Heart Study.
The Framingham study has monitored participants' health at two-year intervals since 1948. All volunteers were healthy at the outset, their ages ranging from 30 to 62. An international research team has now conducted three different analyses of data spanning 32 years, looking for statistical associations between volunteer's weight variability and each of the following: deaths from all causes; deaths …
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Publication information: Article title: Cyclic Weight Gain May Harm the Heart. Contributors: Raloff, Janet - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 139. Issue: 26 Publication date: June 29, 1991. Page number: 407. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1991 Gale Group.
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