Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Don't lose it trying to lose weight.

About 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. Weight gain is the heaviest burden on the healthcare system, as many conditions can be prevented with proper nutrition and weight loss. 

 

Our experts at Hampstead Family Medicine and Burgaw Medical Center are familiar with the dangers of excess weight. We put together this article to inform our North Carolina clients about some of the chronic conditions associated with being overweight or obese. 

Heart disease

Heart disease is an umbrella term that accounts for a number of conditions that affect the heart, from narrowed and blocked arteries to heart failure. 

 

Weight gain increases the risk of conditions that affect the heart in several ways, including putting too much strain on the heart and putting the body in a pro-inflammatory state. 

 

Removing excess sugar and processed foods along with eating at a caloric deficit has been shown to improve heart markers in as little as nine days.

Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes 

Carrying a few extra pounds is the leading risk factor for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, these conditions often come without warning signs. Unless you get tested, you can have elevated blood sugar levels or insulin resistance for years before you realize it.

 

When you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, your body no longer converts carbohydrates from food into energy as it should. One of the best strategies to help your body cope is to reduce your carbohydrate intake and increase your activity levels. 

 

Both dietary changes and weight loss have been shown to prevent and lower the need for medication for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. 

Sleep apnea

Loud snoring may be annoying to your partner, but did you know it could also be a sign of something more serious?

 

Sleep apnea occurs when you repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping, and it can lead to irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, diabetes, and headaches. 

 

Carrying a few extra pounds, especially around your neck, makes it easier for your airways to become obstructed and interrupt your breathing during sleep.

Lose weight to secure your health

Obesity is killing one in five Americans, yet obesity rates continue to rise. So if you carry a few extra pounds and don’t want to have your lifespan cut short because of excess weight, we can help.

 

Our team of specialists at Hampstead Family Medicine and Burgaw Medical Center understands how hard weight loss can be, and they can help you set realistic goals and offer you expert advice. 


Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out whether a medical weight loss program is right for you.

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