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Dangers of Long-Term Weight Loss!

Updated on March 10, 2012
Long-term weight loss may release POPs into the bloodstream, where they may attack vital organs.
Long-term weight loss may release POPs into the bloodstream, where they may attack vital organs.

Losing Weight? CAUTION!

Everyone thinks that losing weight is a positive! Weight loss reduces stress on the heart and circulatory system, lowers blood pressure and the risk of developing "metabolic syndrome*". It also gives us more energy and makes us look better!

Now a recent study says that there's danger in long-term weight-loss. It seems that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) get into our bodies and are stored in our fat, where they do little harm. However, when we lose weight, the fat breaks down and the POPs are released into our bloodstream where they may attack our major organs.

* Please see my Hub on "metabolic syndrome".

POPs are persistent organic pollutants, and they may be in your blood, especially after long-term weight-loss.
POPs are persistent organic pollutants, and they may be in your blood, especially after long-term weight-loss.

The Danger of Weight Loss!

In a study done by Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea, it was found that POPs have been linked to serious diseases including diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

The study followed 1,000+ participants in the U.S. and monitored seven POPs in the blood. According to the results, those who lost the most weight over a 10-year period had the most POPs in their blood, compared to those who gained weight or maintained a steady weight. 

The study was published in The International Journal of Obesity. 


Be tested for POPs if you've lost weight, long-term.
Be tested for POPs if you've lost weight, long-term.

POPs: The Solution: Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

If you've lost weight over time and you've developed any of the aforementioned conditions, it might be wise to visit your doctor and be tested for POPs. There is more and more evidence relating POPs to disease, especially diabetes.

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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