The effect of elevated body mass index on ischemic heart disease risk: causal estimates from a mendelian randomisation approach.

Source: PLoS Medicine, 2012, 9 (5), e1001212.

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Date of publication: April, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study tested the hypothesis that positive observational associations between BMI and Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD) are causal. The findings suggest have revealed that an elevation in BMI of around 4kg/m2 across the life-course will increase the risk of developing the disease by 50 per cent on average. The authors state that this association may have important implications for public health policy.

Length of publication: 13 pages.

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