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April 19, 2006

Midlife Body Mass Index and Total Mortality

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(15):1772. doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1772-a

To the Editor: In their study of midlife body mass index, Dr Yan and colleagues1 found that obesity in middle-aged persons with or without cardiovascular risk factors predicted a high risk of hospitalization and mortality from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes beginning at age 65 years. However, they did not address whether this was also a risk factor for total mortality. That analysis would be valuable to more fully understand the importance of obesity for long-term health.

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