Munich, Germany—The risk of cardiovascular (CV) and all-cause death is nearly 3 times higher in persons with normal weight who nevertheless have excess belly fat than in people who are overweight or obese with a high waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), according to new data presented by Karine Sahakyan, MD, PhD, MPH, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, at the 2012 European Society of Cardiology Congress.

Boston, MA—Intensive behavioral interventions can be successful in helping overweight patients achieve modest weight loss, said Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH, Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, at the 2012 Cardio­metabolic Health Congress.

Even small amounts of weight loss have beneficial effects on cardiovascular (CV) risk, including reducing the risk of developing diabetes or hypertension and improving the lipid profile of patients with dyslipidemia.

San Diego, CA—Four-year results of the large, federally funded Look AHEAD trial show that intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) is superior to usual care (diabetes support and education; DSE) in achieving weight loss and improvements in fitness, glycemic control, and some cardiovascular risk factors in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

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