My Brother Is Healthy but Overweight. Is He at Risk?

If so, it's not too late for him to change his diet and improve the odds.

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My brother is 28, doesn't smoke, is vegetarian, and has normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But from his late teens until now, he has had a diet rich in fats, and he is about 30 pounds overweight. Is he at risk?

Your brother is headed for diabetes, and his risk of a future heart attack and stroke will continue to climb. He needs to try to increase the fruits, vegetables, and fiber in his diet and cut back on the amount of saturated and trans fats as well as total calories. Better dietary and exercise habits are the cornerstones of prevention. It is never too late to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

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