This Month In Health
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  • Obesity: Anything But Harmless
    If you’re overweight, you know some of the obvious the trouble it can cause. Clothes don’t fit right, you feel self-conscious, and you have no energy. If you’re tired of waiting to lose weight, don’t wait any longer. Here are a few reasons to get started on the path to a thinner you today. Read >>
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  • Slim Pickings
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Obesity: Anything But Harmless

Being obese comes with many health risks. Are you aware of them?

If you’re overweight, you know some of the obvious the trouble it can cause. Clothes don’t fit right, you feel self-conscious, and you have no energy. People may stare, you’ve got a low self-esteem, and simple tasks are difficult. But not all issues that arise from being overweight are obvious.

Besides the physical and emotional problems that come with being overweight, there are many health concerns people often forget about until it’s too late.

Maybe you’re 10, 20, or even 100 pounds overweight and are increasingly worried about the effects those extra pounds are having on your health. And for good reason.

If you’re tired of waiting to lose weight, don’t wait any longer. Here are a few reasons to get started on the path to a thinner you today.

Heart Disease and Stroke

Perhaps the most dangerous risk of obesity is the effect it has on your heart and circulatory system. Carrying around extra weight increases your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. When these are high, your heart has difficulty getting the blood it needs and has trouble pumping blood effectively to your body. Heart disease and stroke, both leading causes of death, are looming on the horizon.

By losing just 5o to 10 percent of your body weight, you can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease.

Type 2 Diabetes

Being overweight leads to insulin resistance, which causes high blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Having high blood sugar also puts you at risk for kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, blindness, or amputations.

By losing weight, eating right, and getting regular exercise, you can help control your blood sugar, lessen your dependency on medication, and prevent further health complications.

Osteoarthritis

Overweight and find yourself suffering from pain in your knees, hips, or back? Don’t be surprised. Carrying around extra weight puts extra pressure and stress on joints, wearing away the cartilage that’s meant to protect them. Osteoarthritis contributes to painful joints and can be caused by high levels of inflammation in the body due to body fat. Losing a few pounds and adding exercise to your daily routine will lessen the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Cancer

People who are obese have a greater chance of developing cancers of the breast, colon, endometrium, kidney, gallbladder, and esophagus. This is largely due to the fact that fat cells produce hormones that change the way cells grow, leading to cancer cell growth. In addition, a poor diet and lack of exercise are associated with cancer risk.

Sleep Apnea

When you’ve got extra weight around your neck, your airways become smaller, making it difficult to breath when you’re sleeping. Heavy snoring, pauses in breathing while sleeping, and gasping for air are all signs you’ve got sleep apnea. Without quality nighttime sleep you’re more likely to be sleepy during the day. Sleep apnea also increases your risk of stroke and heart disease. Losing weight will decrease the inflammation in your neck and improve symptoms of sleep apnea.

Kidney Disease

Your kidneys have the important job of filtering waste from your blood. They also work to control blood pressure. When the kidneys aren’t able to properly do their job, waste can accumulate in the body, putting you at risk for serious health problems. Obesity, along with the conditions it causes (high blood pressure and diabetes), puts you on the fast track to kidney disease. Keep your kidneys healthy by losing weight and managing your blood pressure.