Rheumatoid arthritis almost doubles the risk of having a heart attack within the first 10 years of getting an RA diagnosis, according to the American College of Rheumatology. The good news is that a heart-healthy lifestyle and certain medications may help protect the heart.
If you have CAD, your doctor will likely suggest staying at a healthy weight or losing weight if you need to. Your doctor can help you find a weight loss program that can work for you.
What is the importance of body fat distribution?
The distribution of body fat in part
may determine the negative impact of obesity on your health. Specifically, the relationship between your waist measurement and your hip
measurement, called your waist-to-hip ratio, might play a role in your risk for health problems. If your waist-to-hip ratio is
high, it means you are carrying most of your body fat around your abdomen. Fat
deposits, especially around the abdomen area, may be an important
independent risk factor for diabetes and coronary artery