Obesity is the excessive amount of fat in your body. People suffering from obesity are more likely of developing a range of serious medical issues such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, dyslipidemia, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, depression, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Check the list to find out about the Impact of Obesity on your body and Health.
Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity can make your body resistant to insuline and lead to high blood sugar increasing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. T2DM can nearly double the risk of death . Type 2 diabetes can lead to:
- Heart diseases.
- Kidney disease.
- High blood pressure.
- Circulatory and nerve defects.
- Hard-to-heal infections.
- Erectile Dysfunction.
In people with obesity, the heart needs to work harder to pump blood around the body. This leads to high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke. About 3 out of 4 hypertension cases are related to obesity.
Dyslipidemia is an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g. triglycerides, cholesterol and/or fat phospholipids) in the blood. Most dyslipidemias are hyperlipidemias; that is, an elevation of lipids in the blood. This is often due to obesity.
The American Heart Association considers obesity a major risk factor for heart disease. Large studies show that the risk for heart disease increases with obesity. High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and blood sugar can harden your arteries and increase your risk of a heart attack.
Obesity can lead to high blood pressure which the leading cause of stroke.
Obesity raises your riks of developing gallstones. Which may require a surgical intervention.
Excess weight can put strain on your joints causing pain and stiffness that can eventually lead to osteoarthritis.
Studies have shown a correlation between severe obesity and major depressive disorder. Discrimination issues surrounding obesity may contribute to this depression.
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems.
Obesity can make airways too small and lead to sleep apnea, where your breathing stops for periods of time at night.
Obesity has been associated with different types of Cancer. As body mass index (BMI) increases, so does your risk of cancer and death from cancer. These cancers include:
- Endometrial cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Postmenopausal breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
For people with severe obesity, the death rate increases for all types of cancer. The death rate is 52 percent higher for men and 62 percent higher for women.
Obesity affects nearly every part of the body and diminishes quality of life. If you’re living with obesity, you can treat it with Bariatric Surgery. If you wish to find out if Bariatric Surgery is the right choice for you contact us and we can help you determine if Weight Loss Surgery is Right for you.
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