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Medical News & Perspectives
September 17, 2014

USPSTF: Lifestyle Counseling Advised for Overweight, Obese Adults With Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors

JAMA. 2014;312(11):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12696

Adults who are overweight or obese and have additional risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, or impaired fasting glucose should be offered intensive counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity, the US Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) has advised (http://bit.ly/1lu0CMp).

The recommendation is based on a review of data from 74 fair- or good-quality healthy lifestyle clinical trials among persons with cardiovascular risk factors (Ann Intern Med. doi:10.7326/M14-0130 [published online August 26, 2014]. The review found that intensive lifestyle counseling for individuals with cardiovascular disease risk factors helped patients shed pounds, lower their blood pressure, and reduce their lipid and glucose levels.

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