Fitness and “fatness” both matter to the heart

Amy Norton
Reuters

Losing fitness or packing on fat with age each can be bad for the heart — but avoiding either one of those fates may protect the ticker, a study published Monday suggests.

U.S. researchers found that of more than 3,100 healthy adults they followed, those who improved — or simply maintained — their fitness levels were less likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other well-established heart disease risk factors.

Similarly, people who maintained their weight had fewer of those red flags than people who became heavier over time.

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