“Healthy” obese people found to have increased diabetes and heart disease risk

HealthDay reports that a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that “even seemingly healthy obese people are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.” Study corresponding author Dr. Carlos Lorenzo, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, told HealthDay, “Unfortunately, our findings suggest metabolically healthy obesity is not a benign condition. Regardless of their current metabolic health, people who are obese face an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the future.”

MedPage Today reports that “the authors also noted that prior studies have found associations between body mass index (BMI) and cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” and “these data support guidelines issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in November, 2013, which urged doctors to focus on obesity, and its treatment, during patient visits.”

This is just the latest in a string of studies showing that there is no such thing as being obese and being healthy. Here’s another recent blog of mine on a study showing that obesity increases heart attack risk by itself.