Unexpected benefit of obesity

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — It seems that excess weight does not only increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but can protect its owners from death due to stroke.

“Some time ago, our colleagues noticed that excess weight increases the risk of survival of the patient with severe heart and kidney disease, so we decided to check for a link between obesity and stroke,” said Zulio Liu of the University of California, Los Angeles.

European and American doctors have recently found some positive side effects for overweight, for example, those who survive it when they have serious infectious diseases. They also live longer after being diagnosed with heart failure than others.

Dr. Liu and his scientific team found that something like this happens when a stroke occurs. So they decided to follow up on the health of some 1,000 Californians who had been infected before a severe brain haemorrhage. The researchers divided into five groups according to the level of obesity, and followed the development of their health within three months.

The results of this follow-up showed that excess weight positively affects the health of the patient. Deaths among the most obese were 62% lower than those who suffered from stroke and were not overweight. The same is observed among overweight people at varying degrees.

The researchers also noted that patients with thinness did not recover from the effects of stroke compared to moderate weight holders, but researchers were unable to determine why.

“It may be because there is a greater reserve of nutrients in people who are overweight, which helps them survive longer,” Liu says.

“This is only a hypothesis, and to validate it, the health status of people with stroke must continue to determine the relationship between Body mass and brain bleeding.”

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