Don’t be overweight. Obesity and a high-fat diet can increase the risk of people affected by heart disease.
Why Obesity Triggers Heart Disease
Thus the conclusion of the latest research. This fact supports previous research, which says obesity can also cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Both are also risk factors for heart disease.
Experts believe that obesity triggers an immune response that increases the risk of a heart attack. A study conducted by taking blood samples from 1,172 people with thin and obese bodies found white blood cells or T cells are quite a lot in obese people.
They found that people whose fat accumulated in the middle of the body had higher levels of white blood cells than those who had fat in the thighs and lower body.
White blood cells are vital for the immune response because they protect the body from infection. However, white blood cells also cause inflammation, which worsens the heart and blood vessel disease. For example, T cells cause the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries, causing blood vessels to narrow and then trigger a heart attack or stroke.
Higher levels of white blood cells were also found in rats fed a high-fat diet. The researchers concluded that foods high in fat cause obesity and also cause this dangerous inflammation.
There is a correlation between the food we eat, body weight, and dangerous inflammation that can cause heart disease. This study’s results are expected to help experts find drugs that focus on the molecules that cause inflammation.