Aging ups your risk for many health problems, including a heart attack. In addition to age, obesity also increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. According to a new study, overweight and high-risk individuals can cut their chances of developing a potentially fatal irregular heart beat if they lose at least 30 pounds.

The study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that patients who were put on a strict weight-management plan experienced a decrease in the severity of their atrial fibrillation symptoms. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart's two upper chambers contract in a fast and an irregular way. This condition can increase a person's risk of stroke and heart attack.

The 19-month study involved 150 participants with a body-mass index (BMI) greater than 27. During the research, half of the individuals underwent a weight-management plan that for the first eight weeks, which required a very low-calorie diet of between 800 and 1,200 calories per day. They consumed a weight-loss shake for two of their daily meals, and a third meal with high levels of proteins. Those on a weight-loss plan dropped an average of 33 pounds each and decreased their symptoms of atrial fibrillation.

"Time and time again, any weight loss has been shown to help people," Dr. Tomaselli, chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a statement. "Exercise is good for you. If you exercise more tomorrow than you did today, you're doing the right thing."

The study proved that those who adhere to a stricter diet and weight-loss plan were more likely to lose weight than individuals who were more casual about diet and exercise. To learn more about how nutrition, exercise and healthy choices can help you lose weight and age gracefully, contact Longevity Centres of America today.