America is experiencing an epidemic of obesity, with more than 34% of adults classified as obese, or at least 20% more than what is considered a normal weight for their height. While many people only notice the external implications of obesity, several chronic health conditions can arise that aren’t as apparent.
Here is a look at some of the most common health risks that are linked to obesity.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels are too high. Having additional body weight puts stress on different parts of your body and can hinder its ability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, weight loss, diet, exercise and a normal sleep schedule can prevent the development of diabetes and other health complications.
High levels of blood cholesterol, known as low density lipoproteins (LDL), can lead to a excess plaque buildup in the arteries, and increases the chance of heart disease. (High density lipoproteins (HDL) is the “good” cholesterol that helps your body rid itself of the “bad” kind of cholesterol.)
Losing weight, quitting smoking, eating low-cholesterol foods and exercising are all ways to lower your cholesterol.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, continues to be one of the main causes of death among Americans, as it can lead to heart disease. If you are overweight, the chance of developing hypertension is more likely.
For people who are overweight, any amount of weight loss can help to lower blood pressure and reduce your health risks.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Obesity contributes to heart disease by causing the heart and blood vessels to become overworked, which could result in a heart failure or stroke.
Protect your heart by lowering your blood pressure, developing a health lifestyle and moving!
Obesity is a chronic condition that can lead to many life threatening diseases. If you’re having trouble losing weight or feeling like you’re at risk of an obesity-related condition, talk to your doctors or find a primary care physician here.