Physical activity crucial for lowering CV risk, maintaining weight loss – Healio


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Hill JO, et al. Session I: Obesity & Lifestyle. Presented at: Cardiometabolic Health Congress; Oct. 14-17, 2021; National Harbor, Md. (hybrid meeting).

Hill reports co-founding Shakabuku LLC. Piercy reports no relevant financial disclosures. Wyatt reports receiving consultant fees from Gelesis, holding intellectual property rights for Energy Gap, performing contracted research for National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Novo Nordisk, owning an interest in DRHOLLY LLC, Roman Health and Shakabuku LLC and authoring the book State of Slim.

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Regular physical activity is a critical part of maintaining weight loss, and providers should explore different methods to motivate their patients to be more active, according to three speakers at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress.

James O. Hill

“In our current environment, it is impossible for a population to have low rates of physical activity and low rates of obesity,” James O. Hill, PhD, professor and chair of the department of nutritional sciences and director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said during the presentation. “If we’re going to be sedentary, we’re going to be obese. High levels of physical activity are necessary for most people to be successful in maintaining weight loss.:

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CV benefits with physical activity

Katrina Piercy

Physical activity can provide health benefits for all people, according to Katrina Piercy, PhD, RD, ACSM-CEP, FACSM, acting director of the division of prevention services in the office of disease prevention and health promotion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Physical activity can both independently reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and can impact other factors which can affect CVD, including body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and type 2 diabetes,” Piercy told Healio.

The HHS 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee’s scientific report stated that higher amounts of physical activity were associated with decrease in incidence of CVD, stroke and heart failure, and the risk continues to decrease with increased physical activity up to five times higher than recommended levels. Additionally, researchers found a strong inverse dose-response …….


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