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Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

The United States is in the throes of an obesity crisis. About 40% of American adults over age 20 are considered obese and more than 70% are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The link between obesity and diabetes is fairly well-known, but being obese or even overweight can increase your risk of a number of other health problems as well. 

At RB Laser Lipo & Aesthetics in Palm Desert, California, we offer medical weight loss solutions under the direction of Dr. Ronald Bush and supervised plans to help you lose weight safely and successfully. 

If you’re struggling with extra weight or obesity, you may be at a higher risk for a number of health problems. Maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk for some of the following health problems and chronic conditions:

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (also known as adult onset diabetes) is the more common form of diabetes, which causes abnormally high blood sugar levels. You can prevent or manage Type 2 diabetes by losing weight and making healthy changes to your diet. Obesity is one of the main causes of Type 2 diabetes.

Cancer

Several types of cancer have been linked to obesity: breast, colon, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, and gallbladder cancer, among others.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes people to momentarily stop breathing while they sleep when the throat muscles relax and block the airway. Like Type 2 diabetes, obesity is one of the main contributors to sleep apnea.

Cardiovascular disease and stroke

Obesity increases your likelihood of having high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are major risk factors for both heart disease and stroke.

Back pain and osteoarthritis

Carrying around extra weight adds excess pressure on your joints and spine, increasing your risk for osteoarthritis (joint deterioration) and low back pain. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is the leading cause of workplace disability claims and lost productivity. Back pain and joint problems also make it harder to exercise and stay physically active, which ultimately makes the problem worse.

Depression

Psychologists are looking into whether there’s a correlation between obesity and depression, which affects about one in 12 American adults according to the CDC. The stigma and shame associated with obesity and being overweight may lead to social isolation, self-esteem problems, and a higher risk of succumbing to depression and mental health problems.

For more information about safe and effective weight loss methods available to help you meet your health and fitness goals, contact us at RB Laser Lipo & Aesthetics to schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, California, office today.

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