Lose Weight to Ward off Diseases

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 18, 2014

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    Why you should Lose Weight

    Most people don’t think that weighing more than they should is a health risk. But, it puts you at greater risk of several medical conditions and take years off your life. Losing even a small amount of weight can reverse the risk for  many serious health ailments.

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    Type 2 Diabetes

    Those who have excess body fat are more prone to type 2 diabetes; you minimise the risk of the disease significantly when you maintain a healthy weight. Moreover, diabetes patients are able to control the disease better when they try to get a few pounds off.

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    Cardiovascular Diseases

    When you have a healthy weight, your heart and cardiovascular system function efficiently. Lose weight to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke, and make your heart stronger.

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    High Blood Pressure

    Body fat is associated with high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, try to lose a few pounds so that blood pressure returns to healthy levels.

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    Lowers Cholesterol

    Weight does influence your bad cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and total cholesterol levels. Burn out excess fat to bring bad cholesterol within a healthy range besides increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) levels.

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    Stress and Related Ailments

    When you have extra flab, you tend to feel not at your best. Stress can give you sleeping problems, headaches, digestive problems, and skin conditions such as eczema along with many other health problems. Lose weight to help manage stress and stay active.

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    Body fat produces oestrogen, a hormone linked to endometrial and breast cancer. If you are overweight, you have a greater risk of succumbing to these diseases. Make efforts to reach a healthy weight and reverse your risk.

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    According to researchers for the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, obese women are twice as likely as normal-weight women to have a pelvic-floor disorder. Lose a few pounds to take pressure off the pelvic floor.

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    Breathing Problems

    Extra body fat can cause respiratory troubles. Researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver have tied the risk of asthma with obesity. They suggest that glucocorticoids (meds that control wheezing) are less effective in overweight patients than in those of normal weight.

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    Joint Problems

    Your joints are more stressed when you carry extra weight. According to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, arthritis cases attributed to obesity rose from 3 percent in 1971 to 18 percent in 2002. Lose weight to improve your arthritis symptoms.

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    Sleep Apnoea

    You may have sleeping troubles when you weigh more than you should. Studies have pinpointed that those who have a healthy weight decrease their sleep apnoea symptoms.

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