Losing Weight Reduces Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Carrying around a few extra pounds is no fun. Seeing a large version of yourself staring from a mirror takes a toll on your self-confidence and your physical well-being. Lower back pain and stress on your knees can make exercise, a key part of losing weight, uncomfortable.

This vicious circle of gaining weight and becoming more sedentary leaves many overweight and obese people frustrated. And, while this scenario may be familiar, it may also prevent us from thinking about the many chronic conditions connected to being overweight.

If this sounds familiar, the good news is, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40% of adults in the United States, or 93.3 million people, struggle with obesity. No matter how much weight you need to lose, help is available.

The experienced professional team at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, offers these insights on losing weight and staving off chronic medical conditions. 

Obesity describes a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. This measurement evaluates one’s body weight in terms of their height. Does that mean that you’re off the hook for developing chronic medical conditions if you’re overweight but not obese? No. Gaining weight is a slippery slope. Being overweight still puts you at greater risk for developing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases like strokes and heart attacks, some cancers and even sleep apnea. 

5 to 10% weight loss can make a huge difference

Fact: Excess weight and physical inactivity are a dangerous duo. But how can you become more active if it hurts to move? And what if you can’t seem to lose weight no matter how much or what you eat? Losing weight can seem like a daunting goal, particularly if diets and exercise programs fell short in the past and if you have a lot of weight to lose. What’s encouraging is that losing even a bit of excess weight can enhance your health. In fact, according to the CDC, even a 5% reduction in weight can help bring blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugars in line. Think increments and one step at a time.

Stave off conditions like Type 2 diabetes & heart disease

High blood pressure, cardiovascular or heart diseases like stroke and heart attack, Type 2 diabetes and even sleep disorders like sleep apnea are adversely affected by being overweight or obese. Look no further than statistics for the leading causes of death in the United States to learn why it’s so important to get and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Annually one out of every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease.

Weight loss is not one size fits all

Diet and weight loss trends come and go. Remember that just because something sounds like a good idea, even if the science seems sound, it may not work for you. One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to losing weight. Each person has a unique set of factors like age, body shape, hormone balances, lifestyle, etc. that come into play. 

The professional staff at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers has the experience and know how to develop customized weight loss programs to serve each individual patient’s needs and desired outcomes. After completing a comprehensive physical examination, medical history, nutritional assessment, and diagnostic testing like metabolic and hormone tests, the staff creates an individualized program. They’ll help you every step of the way and monitor your ongoing wellness and health.

Take the first step on the journey to a healthier you by contacting us at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers. Call or book an appointment online today.

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