Why is it always a paradox when doctors/researchers find out that being fat can be beneficial if you have a catastrophic illness?
Paradoxically, obesity may offer some protection against heart-related "events," like heart attack, in people who have a stent placed to prop open a clogged coronary artery, research shows.
In a study, researchers found that obese patients who had stents placed in diseased arteries had a lower incidence of adverse cardiac events than their normal-weight counterparts.
Could it possibly be that when something requires surgical intervention of any kind, it's helpful to have those fat reserves to call upon? If you don't have those fat reserves, your body is going to go after your muscles (and your heart is a muscle, your body doesn't distinguish between leg muscle, say, and heart muscle, it just goes after muscle if there's no fat to burn).
Khattab's team analyzed the outcomes at one year for 607 patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with stents that release the immune-suppressing drug sirolimus.
The group included 176 normal weight patients, 289 overweight patients, and 142 obese patients
At 30 days, the incidence of adverse cardiac events was 3.4 percent in the normal weight group and 3.1 percent in overweight patients, compared with just 2.8 percent in obese patients.
So yeah, TEH FATZ is going to kill us, but it looks to me like it's more dangerous to be normal or thin if you have blocked arteries and need a stent placed.
At one year, the combined cumulative incidence of death, heart attack, stroke, and repeat angioplasty or other "revascularization" procedure was higher in the normal weight patients (10.8 percent) and the overweight patients (11.8 percent) than in the obese patients (7.0 percent).
Ya know, I think I'll take my chances with being "super morbidly death-looking-for-a-place-to-happen obese". At least if I have a catastrophic illness, my odds of surviving it are a hell of a lot better than if I were thin (which ain't happening anyway).