Weight loss and arterial stiffness

MODEST weight loss in obese patients significantly reduces arterial stiffness, a Garvan Institute study has found.

The average BMI among the 14 patients at commencement was almost 43. All participants underwent a calorie-restricted diet for 24 weeks, with gastric banding surgery after 12 weeks.

The researchers found that six kilograms of weight loss could reduce arterial stiffness by 20%, and that arterial stiffness is directly associated with inflammation.

“We found that the degree of inflammation in fat tissue specifically predicted how much arteries relaxed during a weight loss program,