This indicates a significant difference between men and women when it comes to cardiovascular mortality.
What does this imply?
Does the result indicate that body fat affects the heart positively? Not really. After all, there are already numerous studies explaining how excessive fat affects the heart in negative ways.
Furthermore, the investigators arrived at their conclusion only after they adjusted certain factors like cholesterol levels, prediabetes and diabetes, and high blood pressure.
The idea that women are more protected against CVD-related deaths if they have high muscle mass and body fat still has value.
It points to the possible need to shift focus: from losing weight to building mass.
Moreover, they highlight the importance of sex-appropriate guidelines, noting the difference between the results from males and females.