Research evaluates BMI for predicting heart risk

11/14/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

BMI may be better than total cholesterol levels for estimating 10-year cardiovascular disease risk, researchers at the University of Zurich reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study team said obesity screening had a stronger scientific foundation and that lifestyle changes that promote weight loss or prevent weight gain "may improve health more strongly than lipid-lowering treatment."

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