5 Health Problems Directly Linked To Obesity
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5 Health Problems Directly Linked To Obesity

13Apr

5 Health Problems Directly Linked To Obesity

Obesity is the condition when your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. Today, it has become a serious health hazard. An obese person is twice as likely to die prematurely as an average-weight person. Obesity has been found to be directly linked to a number of serious medical conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

Let us look at the health problems which have been found to be caused due to obesity.

1-Heart Disease and Stroke

Overweight people are more prone to have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Very high levels of cholesterol in the blood can also lead to heart disease and often these are linked to being overweight. Being overweight also contributes to angina (that is, chest pain caused by decreased oxygen supply to the heart) and even sudden death from heart disease without showing any signs or symptoms.

2-Type 2 Diabetes

People with obesity are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a serious medical condition that reduces the body’s ability to control sugar levels in the blood. It is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness and early death. If someone has Type 2 diabetes, they must try to maintain a healthy weight at all cost. They can do so by becoming more physically active to control the blood sugar levels. Becoming more active may also reduce the need for diabetes medication.

3-Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common condition of the joints that most often affects the knee, hip, or the back. Carrying extra load places extra pressure on these joints, thus wearing away the cartilage tissue which cushions the joints and protects them. Losing the extra kilos can relieve stress on the knees, hips, and lower back and may alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

4- Gout

Gout is another disease affecting the joints. It happens when a person has too much uric acid in their blood. It is the extra uric acid that forms crystals which ends up accumulating in the joints. Gout is more common in overweight people. The more you weigh, the more prone you become to this condition.

Sudden weight changes over a short period of time is not advised as it may lead to a flare-up of the condition. If you have a history of gout, you must check with your doctor for the best way to lose weight or visit CARE Hospitals, which is one of the most professionally equipped bariatric surgery hospital in Hyderabad.

5- Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing condition directly linked to being overweight. The risk for sleep apnea gets higher with increase in body weight. It can cause the person affected to snore heavily and stop breathing briefly during sleep. Sleep apnea may cause sleepiness in the daytime and make the person more prone to stroke and heart disease. Weight loss usually improves sleep apnea.

The good news is that all these serious health problems can be easily kept at bay by making simple, positive changes in your weight. You can follow a regimen for losing small amount of weight over a period of time or you can go for a weight loss surgery as per your doctor’s advice. It is amazing how even a modest weight loss of five to 10 kilograms can bring significant health improvements in a person, such as lowering one’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels.