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BOSTON—High blood pressure, serum cholesterol and blood glucose explain approximately 50% of the increased risk of heart disease and three-quarters of the increased risk of stroke among overweight or obese individuals, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Imperial College London and the University of Sydney considered blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose in a pooled analysis of 97 prospective studies—which enrolled 1.8 million participants globally—to provide a comprehensive look at heart disease risk factors in overweight or obese persons.

They found high blood pressure, serum cholesterol and blood glucose explain up to half of the increased risk of heart disease and three-quarters of the increased risk of stroke among overweight or obese participants.

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