Obesity is killing America: Heart disease deaths related to weight have tripled since 1999; this is major issue & obesity emerged as super loaded risk factor during COVID; 'metabolic syndrome' is tied
by Paul Alexander
to excess weight; a cluster of co-occurring conditions that escalates risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes e.g. elevated blood pressure, sugar, waist fat, cholesterol, triglycerides
‘More people are dying of heart disease than ever — and obesity appears to be the main reason. Researchers working with the American Heart Association have found that obesity-related heart disease deaths have tripled between 1999 and 2020. Black Americans make up a majority of deaths compared to other racial groups, especially Black women.
“The number of people with obesity is rising in every country across the world. Our study is the first to demonstrate that this increasing burden of obesity is translating into rising heart disease deaths,” says lead study author and cardiologist Zahra Raisi-Estabragh, MD, a clinical lecturer at the William Harvey Research Institute in London, in an institutional media release. “This rising trend of obesity is affecting some populations more than others, particularly Black women.”’
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
Most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome don't have obvious signs or symptoms. One sign that is visible is a large waist circumference. And if your blood sugar is high, you might notice the signs and symptoms of diabetes — such as increased thirst and urination, fatigue, and blurred vision.’