Here are some of the health complications that come from being overweight or obese.
Coronary Heart Disease. Being overweight increases your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), which is caused by the buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries. Plaque can restrict or totally block the vessels and decrease blood flow to the heart, leading to angina or a heart attack.
Heart Failure. In some obese people the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, this is known as heart failure.
High Blood Pressure. Elevated blood pressure can damage the body in a variety of ways. Losing weight is a common way to lower blood pressure.
Stroke. A blood clot can form from a broken piece of plaque. If the clot travels to the brain it can block the flow of blood and oxygen producing a stroke.
Type 2 Diabetes. With this form of diabetes, a person’s blood sugar level is too high and the body can’t regulate it. Being overweight is a major contributing factor to Type 2 Diabetes, which is a leading cause of early death, CHD, stroke, kidney disease and blindness.
High Cholesterol. Overweight or obese individuals commonly have high levels of triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. These factors raise the risk of CHD.
Metabolic Syndrome. This is actually a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. These risk factors can present alone but commonly appear together. The presence of any three factors leads to a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.
- Abdominal obesity. Having a “spare tire” around your waist increases the risk of CHD.
- A triglyceride level that is higher than normal.
- An HDL cholesterol level that is lower than normal.
- Elevated blood pressure.
- Higher than normal fasting blood sugar.
Cancer. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for colon, breast, endometrial and gallbladder cancers.
Osteoarthritis. This common joint problem can be exacerbated by extra weight, leading to increased low back, hip and knee pain.
Sleep Apnea. Being overweight or obese increases the chances of developing this sleep disorder, which is characterized by pauses in breathing or taking shallow breaths.
Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome. Some obese people suffer from OHS, which results in poor breathing leading to too much carbon dioxide in the blood and too little oxygen. This is a serious condition that can even be fatal.
Reproductive Problems. Obesity can cause menstrual issues and infertility in women.
Gallstones. These hard pieces of stone-like material (mostly made of cholesterol) form in the gallbladder and can result in stomach or back pain.
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