Komorebi, together with prestigious institutions in the healthcare sector, has collaborated in the development of the following three studies collectively proposing a comprehensive approach to tackling cardiovascular disease (CVD), highlighting the interaction between obesity, physical activity and sleep.
All with a single mission. To shape our understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks.
The paradox of "being fat but fit".
The study warns us not to accept the "fat but fit"paradox too easily. Weight matters. Fitness matters. But here's the rub. Even heavy practitioners of physical activity can't completely quell the fire of obesity.
Yes, you read that right. Obesity flexes its muscles and immobilizes your cardiovascular health.The players? Hypercholesterolemia. Hypertension. Diabetes. These risk factors accompany obesity, no matter how active you are.
So what's the bottom line? Weight loss is important. Prioritizing it could change health policies aimed at reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Physical Activity: The More, the Better?
This study reveals a fascinating interaction between physical activity, cardiovascular disease risk, and sex. .
Physical activity is a champion, knocking down CVD risks in its wake. But it turns out that it follows slightly different paths for men and women when it comes to obesity.
Men were more successful in beating obesity with increased activity. And women? Not so much. This data underscores the need to consider the gender perspective in health and fitness programs. One size does not fit all.
Getting a good night's sleep: A forgotten vital factor
For our last stop, we delve into the world of sleep. It's about how well you rest during the night.
A study involving half a million people revealed that poor quality sleep - excessively short or long duration, restlessness or difficulty falling asleep - is linked to an increased likelihood of CVD risk factors. Especially with the dreaded link to physical inactivity.
This correlation is so strong that good sleepers have a lower total CVD risk score.
Why is it important? Sleep is a behavior we can change. If we adjust our sleep patterns to a healthier frequency, we can lower the level of CVD risks.
The implications of these studies are wide-ranging. Health. Public health policy. Health education. Fitness industry. Corporate wellness programs.