Heart rate of 80 per minute predisposes one for obesity and diabetes?
15 December 2011: A high pulse rate in early adulthood is a warning sign for increased risk of cardiovascular problems decades later on, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India. A study was published in American Journal of Hypertension showed that a resting heart rate greater than 80 beats a minute during first examination predicts the development of future obesity and diabetes. A fast heart rate is a signal from the sympathetic nervous system, a part of the autonomic nervous system, which is the body's automatic pilot that governs instinctive responses. If someone has a consistently fast heart rate, it is because of increased input from the sympathetic part of the nervous system because the body is preparing to respond to stress and indicated a chronic stress process. There is an increase in levels of blood glucose – essentially because the body is storing energy to prepare for fight or flight, so that predisposes to diabetes.