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Obesity and diabetes by middle age tied to heart failure later on
People who reach middle age without developing high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity may have a lower risk of heart failure later in life, a recent study suggests. These structural and functional changes in the muscle reduce the ability to circulate blood, which can lead to heart failure. Hypertension, obesity and diabetes are highly prevalent and preventable risk factors for heart failure, the authors write. Researchers identified 1,677 cases of heart failure after age 45, and another 2,976 cases after age 55.

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