For many Americans, taking an honest look at their weight and the health risks it brings gets harder everyday. Everyday I see people convince themselves that overweight is healthy or that their weight is average because its near the median or that their weight isn’t causing health problems.
Any honest person will tell you that obesity is unhealthy and unattractive, and any intelligent person will tell you about how it raises your risks for some devastating health problems. Here’s the most likely outcomes if you’re overweight, remember these are only the most common horrors and there are dozens of other possibilities. All of these disorders are 100% reversible and controllable with weight loss.
A patient with high blood pressure forces their heart to do extra work and puts their kidneys at risk of failure. High blood pressure is exactly as it sounds, the heart is working extra fast and the blood is pressing harder than normal on the arteries throughout the body. Every pump the heart performs is sending blood to every artery in the body.
Type 2 diabetes is a blood sugar disorder in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high, causing major stress to the body’s organs. Back in ’09 type 2 diabetes was a major cause of death in USA, and yes heredity may affect your chances for diabetes, but reducing your weight has a stronger chance of preventing it.
Number 1 Killer
This is the leading cause of death in America, and its a direct result of our country’s weight problem. A loss in weight means a loss in chances for developing these heart diseases as you age. In some cases reducing body weight by 5% can have a big impact. Lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure, weight loss is directly correlated with improving heart health.
Heart disease is an umbrella term for a few major conditions including heart attacks, stroke, sudden cardiac death, or agina. Heart disease is ultimately what the obese population face if they fail to drop their weight. Diabetes and high blood pressure alike lead to heart disease eventually, stroking out or having a heart attack are commonly well known heart diseases.
While there might not be a direct link between the two, everyone agrees that having extra weight means having extra risk for having high blood pressure later on in life. Kidneys are the ultimate cause of high blood pressure, they place more blood into circulation to handle the load of fat cells. Without weight loss a patient will need constant medicating, however even just a little weight reduction can reduce the amount of treatment required.
Don’t be fat. You’ll be unhealthy but more importantly you’ll be unattractive, which I can only imagine sucks. There are of course other health problems that come along with obesity, but that gives you an idea.
Of people with type two diabetes, about 80% are overweight. Doctors aren’t 100% agreed upon why overweight people are more likely to have this disorder, but are agreed that lowering your weight reduces your chances of developing it. For those already diagnosed as diabetic, better diet and exercise can completely eliminate any medicine or treatments you have, essentially curing you entirely.