Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

You’ve probably heard that obesity is a rising public health concern; more than 32% of American adults are overweight, and about 35% of children and teens are overweight. As waistlines increase, so do cases of potentially dangerous conditions, like high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

Keep this in mind, however. You don’t have to be significantly overweight for those extra pounds to create health concerns. That’s because your weight is more than an arbitrary number that determines how your clothes fit or whether you’ll like the reflection in your mirror. You need a certain amount of muscle, fat, bone, and water to keep your body running smoothly and efficiently. 

When you’re at a healthy weight, all of your muscles, organs, and systems operate at peak performance, keeping you feeling and looking your best. Having extra body fat, even just a few pounds of it, can derail your body’s performance on many levels and increase your chances of chronic health conditions and debilitating disease.

At Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics, we provide comprehensive primary care and personalized weight loss counselling. With our help, you can reach a healthy weight that reduces your risk of the following weight-related health conditions.

High blood pressure

This measurement describes the force of your blood against your vessels as it moves throughout your body.  When this number is above normal, you have high blood pressure, which puts excess strain on your vessels and heart.

High blood pressure can cause dangerous health complications, including cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease — or heart disease — describes a variety of conditions that increase your chances of chest pain, heart attack, stroke, and even death. 

Diabetes

Among the several kinds of diabetes, the most common is Type 2 diabetes, which is typically due to weight problems and obesity. This blood sugar disorder develops when your body doesn’t make or process insulin effectively. 

Over time, having high levels of sugar in your blood can trigger several dangerous health problems, including cardiovascular disease, kidney and nerve damage, or hearing and vision loss. 

Hormonal issues

Your pants size isn’t the only concern when you’re carrying extra weight; varied hormone problems are also associated with your weight. Some men and women experience intimacy issues, like decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. 

Further, carrying too much weight can even impact your fertility, making it harder to conceive and increasing your chances of complications during childbirth.

Osteoarthritis

Over 30 million Americans live with osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that typically affects your hands, back, and weight-bearing joints, like your hips and knees. This condition develops when the cartilage cushioning your joint starts breaking down due to wear and tear, leading to stiffness, swelling, and pain. 

Weight plays a significant role in your chances of having osteoarthritis. That’s because every extra pound on your body puts approximately four added pounds of pressure on your weight-bearing joints. So, even if you’re only 10 pounds overweight, your joints experience 30-60 pounds of additional force, leading to more wear and tear.

To learn more about losing weight to prevent chronic health conditions, call us at Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics. You can also request an appointment on our website.

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