A staggering two-thirds of us are overweight, and one-third of us folks are obese. The sobering reality is we are at risk for many serious weight related illnesses as a result of our physical size and the stress it causes our bodies.
10 Weight Related Illnesses
Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Stroke are among the Well-Known Serious Weight Related Illnesses
1. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) – CHD or CAD is the leading cause of death for adults in the U.S. It is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.
2. Diabetes Type 2 – Previously known as adult-onset diabetes the term is no loner used. Increasing levels of obesity and sedentary lifestyle have led to DT2 being found in adolescents and even in children under 10 yrs old.
3. Stroke – Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide. It is caused by a lack of oxygen resulting in the sudden death of brain cells. Ischemic is caused by a blockage in an artery. Hemorrhagic is caused by a tear in the artery’s wall that produces bleeding into or around the brain.
Cancer and Liver Disease are among the Lesser-Known Serious Weight Related Illnesses
4. Cancer – Many forms of cancer are associated with obesity. Affected areas of the body include: esophagus, breast, endometrium, colon and rectum, kidneys, pancreas, thyroid, gallbladder and possibly others.
5. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) – NAFLD is an accumulates of fat in the liver and may be asymptomatic. Fifty to 70 percent of people with type 2 diabetes and 95 percent of those who are obese have fatty liver. It can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, which is fatal unless the patient gets a liver transplant.
There are Many Other Weight Related Illnesses
6. Sleep Apnea – Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It can afflict both men and women at any age. Seventy to 90 percent of patients are middle-aged and overweight men.
7. High cholesterol (dyslipidemia) – There are different types of fat our bodies need to function: LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Too much LDL and triglycerides and too little HDL increases your risk for stroke, heart disease, and circulatory problems.
8. Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is a gradual deterioration of the joint tissue. Risk increases 40 percent with every 10 pounds of excess weight gain. Knees and hips experience up to 3x more pressure walking and 6x more pressure walking down stairs.
9. High blood pressure (hypertension) – Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by the blood flow on the walls of the arteries. A blood pressure reading of 120/80 is considered normal whereas a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher is considered high blood pressure or hypertension.
10. Gallbladder Disease – One of the major causes among the many risk factors for gallbladder disease is obesity. Rapid weight loss associated with bariatric surgery is another risk factor. Gallbladder disease affects about 12% of the population and may be asymptomatic.
And the list continues… read 10 Obesity Related Illnesses for additional weight related diseases.
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