Link between yo-yo dieting and sudden death caused by heart attack

16 November 2016        

Category: BHF Comment

A person clasping their hands over their heart

A new study presented at the American Heart Association conference in New Orleans has concluded that post-menopausal women who yo-yo diet over a prolonged period of time are at an increased risk of sudden death caused by heart disease.

The study, led by researchers at Alpert Medical School, Brown University, observed 158,063 post-menopausal women for more than 11 years. The association appeared strongest in women with a normal BMI at the start of the study.

What we said

Our Associate Medical Director, Dr Mike Knapton, said: Coronary heart disease remains the UK’s single biggest killer. We need to do more to ensure women – including those who have a normal BMI –  are aware that adopting a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining it, over a long period of time is the best way to reduce their risk of a sudden, devastating heart attack.

“There’s no way to reverse the damage caused by heart disease so it’s vital we all take steps to reduce our risk as early as possible – a lifelong balanced diet, that is rich in fruit and vegetables, is an important way to look after our heart health.”

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