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Losing Weight Cuts Risk for Heart Disease

Another reason to maintain a healthful weight: Being just 10 percent overweight increases your risk for coronary artery disease, according to 2004 information from the American Obesity Association. But losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, and keeping it off, can significantly decrease insulin levels and high blood pressure, thereby decreasing your risk for diabetes, stroke and heart attack.

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