WELDON J. WALKER
Atherosclerosis is now the leading single cause of death in the United States.1 In a study of 1,250 consecutive necropsies on individuals dying after 35 years of age, Wilens2 found the incidence of general atherosclerosis directly proportional to the amount of adipose tissue deposited throughout the body. In each decade the obese had the highest incidence of severe atherosclerosis and the poorly nourished the lowest. The patients with average nutrition had less severe atherosclerosis than the obese, but more than the poorly nourished. Numerous insurance studies3, 4, 5 have indicated an increased mortality rate from degenerative cardiovascular disease in overweight
WALKER WJ. RELATIONSHIP OF ADIPOSITY TO SERUM CHOLESTEROL AND LIPOPROTEIN LEVELS AND THEIR MODIFICATION BY DIETARY MEANS(RELATIONSHIP OF ADIPOSITY TO SERUM CHOLESTEROL AND LIPOPROTEIN LEVELS AND THEIR MODIFICATION BY DIETARY MEANS*). Ann Intern Med. 1953;39:705–716. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-4-705
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(4):705-716.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Dyslipidemia, Obesity.
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