Is obesity a causal factor of developing blood clots?

Av Søren Beck Jensen
Postdoktor ved TREC

It is well known to most people that obesity is detrimental to health and that cardiovascular disease is a main concern. You may wonder if overweight in itself is the cause of these diseases so that weight loss would in fact prevent disease from developing. A study by Lindstrõm and colleagues published in the scientific journal Human Genetics shows that obesity is indeed a cause in the development of venous thrombosis, or a blood clot.

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Do obese people bleed less?

By Sigrid Brækkan, Associate Professor TREC

Obesity is associated with increased risk of blood clots (thrombosis). The mechanism behind this association remains unclear, but studies have shown that overweight and obese subjects display higher levels of several components of the coagulation system. blod

If the risk of blood clots in obese is caused by increased coagulation activity, one would expect that obese people are protected against bleeding. However, is this the case? Do obese people bleed less frequently than those that are normal weight? Continue reading

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