Healthy Weight, Healthy Heart

The Link Between Weight, Heart Disease, and Diabetes

Too much weight can take a toll on your body — especially on your heart. Overweight and obese adults are at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. The more extra weight, the higher the risk. 

In the United States, 74% of adults are overweight or obese; 42% are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But more than half of people who meet the medical definition, don’t even think they are obese! And 35% of people with obesity have not spoken with a health professional about it. 

The bottom line is that even moderate weight loss of 10% can improve or prevent related risk factors for cardiovascular disease. 

Join our free Mini Med School session!  


Nisha Jhalani, MD
Director, CRF Women’s Heart Health Initiative
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Inpatient Clinical Services, Columbia Interventional Cardiovascular Care
NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Rekha B. Kumar, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Attending Endocrinologist
NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

At the end of the program, you will know the answers to these questions:

  • What are healthy weight ranges?
  • How do excess weight and obesity lead to heart disease?
  • How is diabetes related to excess weight and obesity?
  • How can diet and exercise help reduce weight?
  • What medicines are available to manage weight?
  • What’s the best way to get motivated to take ownership of my health and control risk factors?

If you have any questions, please email