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Weight loss by diet or exercise benefits heart

Posted by Steven D.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Shedding excess pounds may restore some of the heart's youth, whether the weight loss comes from eating less or exercising more, the results of a small study suggests.

Researchers found that among 25 healthy but overweight middle-aged adults, moderate weight loss appeared to restore some the heart's youthful elasticity -- making it easier for the heart to relax between contractions and refill with blood.

It did not appear to matter whether the weight loss was achieved through diet changes or exercise, the researchers report in the American Journal of Physiology.

"If individuals want to do something that's good for their heart, then my message to them is lose weight by the method they find most tolerable," Dr. Sandor J. Kovacs, the senior researcher on the study, said in a statement.

"They're virtually guaranteed that it will have a salutary effect on their cardiovascular system," said Kovacs, a professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

As people age, their body tissue accumulates collagen fibers, which causes tissue -- including heart muscle and arteries -- to become more stiff. So over time, the heart starts to take a bit longer to relax between contractions and fill back up with blood.

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It's never too late to improve your health. Even small changes made later in life can add years. Of course the earlier you start the better off you'll be.

I started practicing yoga two years ago and every aspect of my life has improved! Really, I'm more flexible which makes any activity I choose to participate in more enjoyable for starters. I sleep better, am better able to relax and I've gotten rid of the aches and pains. I walk and hike more, due to the fact that i'm not sore after exercise. The best part is I've lost weight too! That, weight loss, feels great.

C Parkinson

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Thanks for the article Steve. I agree with Dr. Kovacs. It's about finding the method that best suits you. Which is why we've released a new budget-friendly diet product called Sensei for Weight Loss, created for your mobile phone. It creates a program for you based on your preferences.

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Happy New Year,

Kate with your team
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