According to a new study, people that are overweight should not automatically be discounted as unhealthy with poor heart health. In fact, in select cases, obese and overweight individuals have no higher risk for heart disease and cancer than those that of a normal weight.  This is especially the case for those that reinforce their health through other means, such as the use of arginine supplements in their general health regimens.

In fact, in some patients, being obese and/or overweight actually reduces the risk of death due to heart disease, which is known as the obesity paradox. However, it should be noted that while it is possible to be overweight and fit, most people in this situation are not, according to Dr. David Katz of Yale University.  This is where other avenues should be explored, such as the use of arginine supplements to reinforce heart health and the development of nutritious eating habits.

Published in the online publication European Heart Journal in early September 5, the study looked at over 40,000 people. The study participants were in professional careers, mostly white and had solid educational backgrounds. They answered questions about background, took a treadmill test and were measured with lab work done as well. The study was done from 1979 to 2003, and found that among all of the individuals, 46 percent were obese and totally heart healthy; in fact, that percentage had a 38 percent less risk of dying than people of a normal weight that did not have good heart health.

The point of the study showed that people that are overweight should not be discounted as possibilities for good health as a result. From taking arginine supplements to getting regular exercise, the goal of the study was to show that overweight people can develop healthy habits that contribute to good heart health and it achieved just that.