Modest weight loss lowers triglicerides! No need to be Twiggy!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Triglyceride levels correlate more closely with waist circumference (abdominal obesity) than with body mass index -- atherogenic dyslipidemia (ie, hypertriglyceridemia with low high-density lipoprotein [HDL] cholesterol) is a key feature of the metabolic syndrome, after all.
This trial again demonstrates that modest weight loss can achieve major metabolic improvements. This message is important to get across to our obese patients, because so many of them set unrealistic goals (eg, aiming to normalize their weight) and feel like failures if their weight loss is modest.