MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. Doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel named the most important risk factor for the development of stroke and heart attack. “The main risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, strokes is overweight, diabetes, increased sugar and fat metabolism.” – said Myasnikov.
The physician also noted that obesity is the second risk factor for cancer after smoking, as being overweight leads to “the underlying cancer” of insulin insensitivity.
Myasnikov added that now in the world 2.6 billion people are suffering from overweight and obesity, which is about 40 percent of the world's population.