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As the UAE marks World Heart Day each September, high obesity rates mean the country is facing an epidemic of heart disease in patients who are 20 years younger than the worldwide average. Research has shown that obesity alone – even without other risk factors such as high cholesterol, inactivity and diabetes – raises the risk of contracting heart disease by nearly a third. Studies conducted this year at the Swedish-led Karolinska Institute, using a method...

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Out of 1,000 people people surveyed by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi ahead of World Heart Day on September 29, 71 percent say they have at least one major risk factor for heart disease. And the most common risk factors they reported are also among the most serious causes of heart disease: 23 percent reported they have high blood pressure, 15 percent have diabetes and 21 percent are obese. Out of the respondents, 35 percent say...