Weight loss is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Just when it seemed that scientists couldn't possibly discover another benefit of weight loss, this happened.
According to the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, just a 10% loss in body weight and management of risk factors could reverse progression of Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib).
A-Fib is the condition in which the atria in the heart beats irregularly and rapidly, and causes there to be poor blood flow within the body. A-Fib is associated with an increased risk of a number of diseases, including stroke, heart failure, and dementia. It also can cause shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and chest pain in patients with the condition.
Like many other diseases and conditions, A-Fib is exponentially more common among overweight and obese people, with a study from Denmark showing that obese women were twice as likely as healthy women to contract A-Fib in their lifetime.
According to Melissa Middeldorp, PhD researcher from the University of Adelaide's Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, patients in the that lost more than 10% of their body weight experienced less symptoms of A-Fib, and some stopped experiencing symptoms entirely. These results were compared to patients who did not lose weight, and experienced more and more persistent symptoms of A-Fib.
This study not only shows the great benefits of losing weight, but also why not losing weight can have such a detrimental impact on your health.
When we keep our bodies within the weight range that it's supposed to be in, we mitigate the risk that countless diseases pose to our bodies.