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What is a reasonable goal for weight loss to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke?

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If you're overweight or obese, you don't have to get thin to reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke. If you lose 5% to 10% of your weight, you'll improve your cholesterol numbers and lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes,"  Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke," "Recommendations for Heart Health." "

Buitrago-Lopez A. , August 2011. BMJ

CDC: "Losing Weight," "Physical Activity for Everyone."

"Exercise and Your Heart," "Diet."

Naderi, S.  2012.  American Journal of Medicine, 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes,"  Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke," "Recommendations for Heart Health." "

Buitrago-Lopez A. , August 2011. BMJ

CDC: "Losing Weight," "Physical Activity for Everyone."

"Exercise and Your Heart," "Diet."

Naderi, S.  2012.  American Journal of Medicine, 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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