(ABC News) – Gaining weight and losing it again. A cycle with which many of us are familiar, especially around the holiday season.
But today, new evidence that having too many of these fluctuations in weight may increase a woman’s risk of heart disease, even if she is not overweight or obese.
Researchers presenting at the annual American Heart Association meeting looked at data on nearly 160 thousand older women, finding that normal weight subjects reported alternating periods of weight gain and weight loss had three and half times the risk of dying from a heart issue within an 11 and a half year follow-up period compared to their counterparts who reported a stable weight.
The same finding, not seen in overweight and obese women.
While the study was not designed to say for sure whether these fluctuations in weight really led to an increased heart risk, it may very well point to the risks of practices like yo-yo dieting.
And it’s a reminder that achieving and maintaining, a healthy weight may be the best way to tip the scales toward heart health.