Researchers who followed more than 1,700 Swedish men for 30 years found those who were overweight were 52% more likely to have heart attacks and strokes and those who were obese had almost double the risk, compared with normal-weight men. These men had an increased risk even though they didn't have metabolic syndrome, which the study in Circulation noted also raised the risk of heart attack and stroke, even among participants who weren't overweight.

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