There is more and more in the news about the problems of being obese, so it should be no surprise to most people that being obese drastically increases your risk of lots of medical conditions. Around thirty medical issues are liked to obesity at the moment, and I am sure lots more will start to emerge soon too. Below we discuss some of the most common conditions which can be brought on by, or made worse by, being obese.
Heart Disease: Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the West and approximately one person every 34 seconds dies of it in the US alone. Being overweight will increase your chances of problems massively, and as your blood vessels harden and clog then you will suffer from decreased blood flow to your organs, and you risk blood clots forming and other problems. Thankfully you can reverse some of the damage if you change your lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes: With the abundance of sugary food available today then it is no wonder that obesity levels have risen, and when your blood always has high levels of sugar in it then you are at risk of type 2 diabetes. This means your body has become resistant to insulin as your body is constantly flooding your blood with it to try and clear out that excess sugar.
Body Pain: Body pain is another very common problem amongst obese individuals. Excess body fat puts the body under more stress, which causes a variety of joint and musculoskeletal pain. Back problems are also quite common and can be very debilitating. This form of pain often further prevents individuals from moving, which only continues to worsen their condition. This cycle can cause other health conditions and physical disabilities to arise.
Sleep Apnea: This is a serious condition that you are far more likely to suffer with if you are obese (between 12 and 30 times more likely to suffer with compared to someone of an average weight). It causes you to temporarily stop breathing as you are sleeping, and then your body has to panic and force you to start breathing again, ruining your sleep and having potentially fatal consequences.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This is a very painful condition caused by the compression of a nerve in the arm that runs through the carpal tunnel near the wrist. A study of carpal tunnel patients found that nearly 70% of those studied were overweight, and other studies suggest you could be as much as four times more likely to develop the condition if you are overweight.
You can see that there are a wide range of painful and sometimes fatal problems that you are at a much higher risk of if you are obese. It is never too late to lose weight, even if you have tried before and failed (hey we all have) then you can try again and again until it works. Sit down with your doctor and find out what kind of plan they recommend to get you down to your ideal weight, so you can live a happier, longer and hopefully more pain-free life.