If you are struggling with weight excess you are more likely to be older than your slim friends!!! A famous saying of Thomas Sydenham, a 17th-century English physician, states: “man is as old as his arteries.”

It is proven that the biological age doesn’t always correspond with chronological age as well as that obesity triggers accelerated, ‘premature’ vascular aging. For instance, if your real age is 35 and your blood vessels are 45 years old (vascular age) this means that your biological age is more like the age of a healthy 45-year-old person. Today, computed tomography scanning of coronary artery calcium (CAC) and ultrasonographic assessment of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) have been proposed as modalities that can be employed to assess vascular age. The recent imaging study of 3,258 individuals ages 18–30, (CARDIA study), showed that non-optimal lipids (often associated with obesity) at baseline, were about 5.5-fold more likely to result in coronary artery calcium deposits 20 years later, compared with participants with the lowest lipid values.

The scientists also found that the arteries of heavily overweight young teenagers were so clogged with fat that they were as narrow as adults three decades older than them!!! So if you are struggling with weight excess you are more likely to be older than your slim friends. Data from The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, the Bogalusa Heart Study, and the Muscatine Study for the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (I3C) Consortium show that the number of childhood risk factors is predictive of higher CIMT when measured at ages 9, 12, 15, and 18 years. To give an example, a 9-year-old obese child with two additional risk factors would have double the risk of a CIMT in the top decile of the adult distribution, as compared with a child without cardiovascular risk factors. And vice versa, a recent study also suggests that weight loss is associated with CIMT reduction.

To summarize all above, although, there’s no magic pill to lose weight, being slim is a sign of being a healthy and natural way to increase your longevity.


Adam Smith

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