Losing Weight Reduces Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Obesity affects about 40% of Americans, compromising health, function, and comfort. Being obese can interfere with reproduction, mood, memory, respiration, and overall health. At Washington Healthcare Center, we can help you lose weight and keep it off.

This effort isn’t just to fit into a smaller size or boost energy levels. Weight loss has a very real impact on your health. When you lose even a small amount of weight — just 5-10% — you can still achieve meaningful health benefits, including a reduction in the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which your body can’t use the insulin it produces well. This means your blood sugar remains high, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, vision problems, erectile dysfunction, depression, and amputation.

When you carry excess weight, and a lot of it, your muscle and tissue cells become resistant to your own insulin. More than 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

If you carry excess fat around the waist, you’re at a particular risk of diabetes. These fat cells secrete hormones and other compounds that increase inflammation and resulting health problems. Your body is less efficient at metabolizing fats and carbohydrates, exacerbating diabetes symptoms and its complications.

Moderate weight loss can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in people who have a high risk due to lifestyle or family history.

Cardiovascular disease

When you’re overweight or obese, you’re more likely to suffer high blood pressure, high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), high triglycerides, high blood sugar, and increased bodily inflammation.  These side effects of carrying too many pounds puts you at a highly increased risk of developing heart disease.

When you lose weight, you decrease your chances of developing coronary artery disease and stroke, as well as your chances of prematurely dying from a cardiovascular incident. If that’s not a good enough reason to lose weight, what is?

We can help you lose the 5-10% of body weight that helps reduce your blood pressure levels and improves your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Your weight loss efforts don’t have to get you to swimsuit model material, just to a more healthy body mass index (BMI) range.

Cancer

Cancer is a collection of diseases. Being overweight isn’t a risk factor for all of them, but researchers find a convincing association between obesity and cancers of the pancreas, colon, esophagus, breast, endometrium, and kidney.

Holding excess weight around your middle (abdominal obesity) and gaining significant weight in adulthood increase your risk of cancer. Lose weight to reduce your total body inflammation and discourage the development of irregular cells.

Our internal medicine specialists at Washington Healthcare Center are here to help you on your weight loss journey. We understand how hard and frustrating the process can be, but also want you to know the positive implications weight loss can have on your health and quality of life. Call our office today or schedule an appointment using this website to get started. 

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