Benefits of Losing Weight

While we’ve covered a variety of topics about how to lose weight, we’ve never reviewed the actual medical benefits of losing weight. Naturally, everyone knows of the most obvious benefits like an improved self-image, increased confidence, and ability to just enjoy life more – but what kind of terrible, negative health conditions are you avoiding by shedding the pounds?

Heart disease and stroke prevention

Stroke and heart disease are the leading causes of disability and death in the United States for both men and women. People that are overweight are more likely to have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor in both stroke and heart disease. Being overweight leads to high levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, which lead to heart disease and are attributed to being overweight.

In addition, angina, an occurrence when a limited amount of oxygen reaches the heart, causes chest pain and occurs pretty much regularly. The scariest possible result though from heart disease or stroke is a sudden collapse and death. Death can happen without any signs or symptoms.

By decreasing your weight by approximately 5-10% percent you can drastically lower your chances of developing heart disease or being the victim of a stroke. You can also improve your heart function, blood pressure, and the levels of your cholesterol and triglycerides.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Both type 1 and type 2 are linked to long-term negative health effects and not only diminishes your quality of life, but can kill you. Being overweight gives you a twice as likely chance to develop type 2 diabetes (the non-insulin dependent) than those that are not overweight.

If you already have diabetes, both losing weight and exercise came help control the levels of your blood sugar. It can even decrease the amount of medication you need to take.

Reduces your risk of cancer

There are a few kinds of cancer that are associated with being overweight. In women, this can be cancer of the uterus, cervix, ovary, gallbladder, breast or colon. Men that are overweight are at a higher risk for developing cancer that involves the rectum, prostate, and colon. It should be noted know that the risk is not sure to be derived from the extra weight, or a high fat and high calorie diet.

Sleep apnea

Being overweight can cause a serious condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is where you stop breathing for short intervals while sleeping which causes to snore very heavily. Sleep apnea has the ability to make you sleep during the day and cause even cause heart failure.

Reduced osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint disorder that affects the joints found in your hips, knees, and lower back. When you have extra weight, it increases the risk of this disease as the weight adds more pressure into the joints.

Eliminate gout

Gout is similar to osteoarthritis; it’s a joint disease that is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. It’s a painful disease that is more common among those individuals that are overweight. It should be known that some diets (like a high protein diet) can trigger gout attacks, so check with your doctor before starting a diet regimen if you have a history of gout.

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