Study: Yo-yo dieting can lead to heart attack, stroke

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Yo-yo dieting tied to heart attacks. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on October 3, 2018.

It appears that for health, consistency is key.

A new study says those whose diet fluctuates may be more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers in South Korea found people with the most ups and downs in their measurements were 127-percent more likely to die early than those who stayed consistent over time.

But they stress, the goal is not to maintain obesity or being overweight, but rather get to a healthy weight and maintain that throughout life.

The study didn't go into why yo-yo numbers are associated with poor health, but the results suggest that sticking with a plan to lower your weight or cholesterol may be just as important as the target number.

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