The Journal of the American Heart Association published new research that show modest, long-term weight loss in overweight, middle-aged women can reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
In this study 417 women went on diet programs for up to 24 months, and those who sustained a 10 percent weight loss over two years improved their total cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, glucose and inflammation markers. The women who benefited the most by the weight loss were the women most at risk at the start of the study. The women who participated in the study were from University of California, San Diego; University of Minnesota.; University of Arizona and Kaiser Permanente Center Northwest in Portland, Ore.
The lead author of the research is Cynthia A. Thomson, Ph.D., R.D., Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at The University of Arizona in Tucson. The study was funded by Jenny Craig, Inc. The co-authors are of the research are Caitlin A. Dow, Ph.D.; Shirley W. Flatt, M.S.; Nancy E. Sherwood, Ph.D.; Bilge Pakiz, Ed.D.; and Cheryl L. Rock, Ph.D., R.D
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