Obesity in early 20s reduces chances of reaching middle age

Washington, Apr. 30 (ANI): Men, who are suffering from obesity in their early 20s, are significantly more likely to develop serious ill health by the time they reach middle age, or they won't even make it that far, a new research has suggested.

The authors kept track of the health of 6500 Danish 22 year old men for 33 years up to the age of 55, all of them had been born in 1955, and had registered with the Military Board for a fitness test to gauge their suitability for military service.

Most (83 percent; 5407) were within the normal range and 5 percent were underweight (353), one in 10 (639) were overweight and 1.5 percent (97) were obese.

Almost half of those classified as obese at the age of 22 were found to be suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the legs or lungs, or had died before reaching the age of 55.

These people were eight times as likely to get diabetes as their normal weight peers and four times as likely to get a potentially fatal blood clot (venous thromboembolism).

They were also more than twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure, have had a heart attack, or to have died.

Every unit increase in body mass index (BMI) corresponded to an increased heart attack rate of 5 percent, high blood pressure and blood clot rates of 10 percent, and a rasied diabetes rate of 20 percent.

In all, obese young men were thrice as likely to get any of these serious conditions as their normal weight peers by middle age, conferring an absolute risk of almost 50 percent compared with only 20 percent among their normal weight peers.

The research has been published in the online journal BMJ Open. (ANI)

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