In the News: Ex-NFL players and heart disease

Nice article at Science Daily last week, entitled “Despite Size, NFL Players Not More Likely to Develop Heart Disease Even After Retirement,” commenting on a report in the September issue of American Journal of Cardiology.

Many football players, at all levels, have a body mass index (BMI) that puts them in the “overweight” or “obese” categories. Since we know that obesity is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, one might suspect that ex-football players would have a high rate of cardiovascular disease. Perhaps, surprisingly, this isn’t so.

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