By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Shedding just a few pounds can lower the risk of serious health problems in obese adults, a small study suggests.
Researchers looked at 40 obese people who lost 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent of their weight. The study, published Feb. 22 in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that 5 percent weight loss was enough to reduce multiple risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
"These results demonstrate you get a large bang for your buck with a 5 percent weight loss," senior study author Samuel Klein, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a journal news release.
"Based on these findings, we should reconsider changing current obesity practice guidelines to stress a target goal of 5 percent weight loss, rather than 5 percent to 10 percent weight loss, which increases the perception of failure when patients do not achieve weight losses that are greater than 5 percent," Klein said.
Obesity is a major risk factor for chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Most treatment guidelines recommend that obese people lose 5 percent to 10 percent of their weight, the researchers explained.
SOURCE: Cell Metabolism, news release, Feb. 22, 201
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