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Why is yo-yo dieting harmful to the heart?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One study found that women who were yo-yo dieters (also called weight cycling) -- especially if it occurred five or more times during their life -- had a great risk of heart disease beginning shortly after menopause. The researchers believe that the link between weight cycling and heart disease involves the cells that line the blood vessels called endothelial cells. When people gain and lose weight repeatedly, these cells become damaged so blood can’t flow freely. When blood flow to the heart becomes restricted, the stage is set for heart attack and stroke.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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