Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that even healthy young people who put on as few as nine pounds of weight, particularly in the abdominal region, showed an increased risk of endothelial cell dysfunction.
More than 40 volunteers were asked to gain or maintain their weight for a period of eight weeks. Their blood flow was tested after weight gain and again once they lost it again. Among those who gained weight in their abdomens, even though blood pressure remained healthy, the regulation of blood flow through their arm arteries was impaired.
“Physicians should know that the location of fat is important,” says lead researcher Virend Somers. “Greater attention should be given to the circumference of a patient’s waistline, not just their body mass index.”
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