- Puts extra strain on your heart muscle
- Raises blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lowers high-density lipoproteins (HDL)
- Increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Raises blood pressure
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Intermountain Healthcare answeredIf you have a lot of excess weight from body fat, you're more likely to develop heart disease. This is true even if you have no other risk factors. Excess body fat hurts your heart in the following ways:
Carolinas HealthCare System answeredYour heart is a muscle. It needs regular exercise to stay strong. Being overweight puts a strain on your heart and makes it hard for you to be more active. Staying active reduces the chance of future heart disease and stroke. It also can help you manage stress and lose weight.