ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new local study finds some big health benefits can result from a small amount of weight loss.

Washington University researchers, led by Dr. Sam Klein, found that a relatively small weight loss markedly lowered obese patients’ risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“You get the biggest bang for your buck with a 5 percent weight loss,” Klein says. “When you lose 5 percent of your body weight, in people who are obese but do not have type-two diabetes, you improve metabolic function in multiple organ systems simultaneously.”

Klein says this requires a re-education of people with obesity to make them understand that a little bit of weight loss goes a long way.

“So, if you weigh 200 pounds, if you can lose 10 pounds of your body weight and keep it off, you really will be doing yourself a major favor in terms of your health,” Klein says.

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