Being overweight welcomes health problem

It has been said over a hundred times that being overweight increases one’s chances to develop health problems. You may likely get one or more of the following if obesity or being overweight remains unattended for long.

Say “hello” to Type 2 Diabetes…
Type 2 Diabetes is a common type of diabetes in the United States. It is a condition wherein the body either ignores the insulin or does not produce ample insulin, which is needed to process sugars. Remember that the food we eat is converted to glucose, which fuels the cells in the body. The lack of insulin makes it hard to bring the much-needed glucose to the cells. High blood sugar levels may eventually adversely affect the kidney, eyes, nerves, heart and even cause early death.

How is Type 2 Diabetes related to being overweight?
People with Type 2 Diabetes are often overweight. It is still unknown why overweight individuals are prone to developing this illness. Probably because of the changes the cells undergo if the person is weighing so much, like being less effective at making use of blood sugars.

What should be done?
To prevent this illness, losing weight and increasing your physical activities are the answers. With these, you can control the sugar levels and may lessen the intake of diabetes medicines you take.

Say “hello” to Heart Disease and Stroke…
A heart disease means that the heart and blood circulation are functioning abnormally. This may lead to a congestive heart failure, heart attack, angina, abnormal heart rhythm or sudden cardiac death. A stroke is triggered when there is a blockage in the artery that carries oxygen and blood to the brain, which may cause paralysis or death. Heart disease is a major killer in the U.S. and stroke takes occupies the third seat.

How are Heart Disease and Stroke related to being overweight?
High blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) and low levels of HDL (the “good cholesterol”) are common to overweight individuals. These are factors in developing a heart disease and may incite stroke. The more body fat a person has means higher levels of substances that may cause inflammation. Inflammation of blood vessels raises the risk of a heart ailment.

What should be done?
Weight loss of 5 to 15 percent can reduce the chances of developing heart ailments or having a stroke. Ten pounds reduction will do wonders if you weigh 200 pounds. This will help improve triglyceride, blood pressure, blood flow, inflammation, and cholesterol levels.

Say “hello” to Cancer…
The dreaded ‘C.’ Cancer starts with the cells. The body makes new cells as needed. This means replacing the cells, which already died but just like any normal process, sometimes, things go out of way. Old cells do not die when they are expected to and new cells are produced even there’s no need for them which pave the way for the formation of tumors. It may grow in any part of the body and may spread to other parts.

How is Cancer related to being overweight?
Common cancers associated with being overweight are cancers of the esophagus, colon and kidney. If one is overweight, there is a tendency to have an acid reflux, which in the end will cause cancer of the esophagus. Body fat increases the insulin production, which causes cell growth. For females, being overweight increase their chances of developing breast cancer or cervical cancer because of the excessive amount of estrogen in the blood.

What should be done?
Prevention of acid reflux and formation of gallstone and the right insulin and estrogen levels can all be achieved if the person loses weight. This will decrease the cancer risk.

Say “hello” to Sleep Apnea…
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. This makes the person stop breathing for as long as 30 seconds as he sleeps. The short stops may occur several times during the sleep. Difficulty in concentrating, daytime sleepiness and a heart failure may be experienced or developed by a person with sleep apnea.

How is Sleep Apnea related to being overweight?
Overweight individuals have more fatty tissues stored around the neck, thus blocking the trachea (passage or windpipe). A smaller windpipe can make breathing hard, cause loud snoring or stop breathing.

What should be done?
If untreated, sleep apnea may cause further problems like heart disease, stroke, or death by traffic accidents. So to get rid of the fats around the neck and inflammation, lose some weight.

Say “hello” to Osteoarthritis…
Osteoarthritis is the condition caused by the loss of cartilage in the joints. It commonly affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees, lower back and the hips.

How is Osteoarthritis related to being overweight?
Large amounts of body fats cause higher levels of substances that cause inflammation. Inflammation of joints raises the risk of having osteoarthritis. Being overweight adds pressure to the cartilages and joints, causing them to break down.

What should be done?
Losing weight will decrease the pressure on the hips, knees and lower back and it will also lessen the inflammation in the body. If you already have osteoarthritis, giving a shot at weight loss will improve your condition.

Say “hello” to Gallbladder disease…
Gallstones are pebble-like substances, which form in the gallbladder. How are they formed?

Bile is a liquid produced by the liver, which aids in digestion. This bile contains waste products like fats, bile salts, water, cholesterol, bilirubin and proteins. Sometimes, the bile liquid has so much cholesterol and bile salts- these form to gallstones once hardened.

How is Gallbladder disease related to being overweight?
Overweight people have more cholesterol in their bodies. These people may also have swollen gallbladder, which may not function normally.

What should be done?
Gradual weight loss of not more than 2 pounds each week is recommended to prevent formation of gallstones. Drastic weight loss may do otherwise.

Say “hello” to Fatty Liver disease…
When fats forms in the liver cells and cause liver inflammation, a fatty liver disease is likely to occur. It sometimes lead to further complications like serious liver damage, scarring of the liver, high blood pressure in the veins entering the liver, kidney failure, enlarged veins of the stomach and esophagus or liver failure. It is believed that liver problems are common but not limited to alcoholics. There are people who drink little or do not drink at all but still suffer from this.

How is Fatty Liver disease related to being overweight?
Pre-diabetics or diabetics are likely to develop fatty liver disease. Do you remember that overweight individuals are likely to have diabetes? One thing leads to another. It is all because of being an overweight.

What should be done?
Control sugar levels by losing weight. It will also prevent build up of fats in the liver. People who are already suffering from this condition should avoid drinking alcoholic drinks.

To sum up, a decrease of 5 percent in your body weight will lower the risk for the mentioned diseases.  Keep in mind to make the weight loss gradual. It took a long while to accumulate all the fats stored in the body so it will also take some time to break it all down. Eat the right foods at the right time and engage in physical activities like walking, jogging and aerobics.

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Thank you for the information. I have started losing weight and exercising on a regular basis and I fell so much better. I have a long way to go but with your advice it has encourage me to continue to do what I am doing. Thank you!
By: Elizabeth 10 years ago

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