It’s sobering. It may be time to step on the scales, look at your important numbers (BMI, waist size, blood pressure, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides and fasting blood sugar) and, then, step back and really look at what those extra pounds and what high numbers may be doing to your health. Here are 4 weight-related diseases.
1. Type II Diabetes: Look at the facts. Diabetes was the 7th cause of death in the US in 2009. Type II is the most common diabetes. Diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and even amputations. Family history and our genes may dispose you to having Type II diabetes, but being overweight can raise your risk. Losing weight can delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Even if you already have been diagnosed, losing weight and moving more may reduce the amount of medicine you have to take or, in some cases, allow you to discontinue medications.
2. High Blood Pressure: Your heart isn’t just beating, it’s sending blood through your arteries to every part of your body. Your blood pressure is a measurement of how hard that blood pushes on your arteries’ walls. While there may not be symptoms (it’s a silent killer), serious harm can be happening. Heart disease, stroke and kidney failure can all be a result of high blood pressure. When you are overweight, your heart has to work harder to pump blood to all your cells. Plus, the excess fat can harm your kidneys – and your kidneys help control blood pressure. Getting close to a normal BMI can help lower your blood pressure. Also, add more activity and use less salt.
3. Stroke: You have a stroke when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off and those cells die from lack of blood and the oxygen it carries. Usually this is caused by a blood clot that blocks an artery. High blood pressure, which can be caused by being overweight, is the leading cause of stroke. Plus, being overweight is linked to high cholesterol, high blood sugar and heart disease which can also increase the risk of stroke. Losing weight can help lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol and blood sugar numbers – all working to reduce the risk of stroke.
4. Heart Disease: There are different problems that all fall under the label of heart disease. Most common is the narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the heart. The heart doesn’t get enough blood to work properly. Heart disease can include heart attacks, heart failure, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythms and, even, sudden cardiac death. If you are overweight, reducing your weight by only 10% reduces your risk of heart disease. That means if you weigh 200 pounds taking off just 20 of them makes you healthier.
Many people who are overweight just can’t find the right formula to drop those pounds. They try, fail and give up and, then, they try, fail and give up again. Finding the right solution is vital to your good health. It may be an online diet group or it could be visiting a medical weight loss center. A medical weight loss center is headed by a doctor who specializes in losing weight. You’ll get a personalized diet plan and all the help you need to finally succeed. Your good health is waiting!