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A high resting heart beat

A study found that a resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute or higher is linked with a higher risk of developing obesity and diabetes, even two decades later.

Resting heart rate is when person’s heart rate is at rest. For example, first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed.

A video explaining how to take your resting heart rate:

The heart rate study

Japanese researchers studied whether resting heart rate could predict the development of abnormal glucose and lipid function. They studied 614 initially health adults and then tracked them 20 years later to see the impact a heart rate had on their cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

The researchers found that adults whose resting heart rate was initially 80 beats per minute or higher had a significantly higher risk of developing (20 years later), the following:

  • obesity – more than twice the risk
  • diabetes mellitus – more than 5 times the risk
  • insulin resistance – more than double the risk

The researchers conclusion

The researchers wrote in conclusion, “This is one of the first prospective reports demonstrating that higher heart rate may predispose to the development of obesity and DM (Diabetes Mellitus), suggesting that the sympathetic nerve system may play a role in the development of obesity and DM.”



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