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Sunday, 17 June 2018 11:01

Disease and Obesity

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We all know that being overweight or obese is a growing concern in the United States. It's a concern because there are so many other diseases directly related to this problem. Are you aware of even a few of them?
Here are just 20 diseases or conditions directly related to obesity:
  1. We are probably all aware of diabetes, a disorder where the pancreas is not producing enough or, sometimes not any insulin. Diabetes can lead to a whole host of other medical issues and obesity is one of the main causes. Many people simply do not know that diabetes goes directly hand in hand with heart disease!
  2. Cancer comes in numerous forms and types. It's really not a stretch to say that many cancers could be prevented by eating better and managing your weight. Consuming excess refined carbohydrates and sugar can just make cancer risk potentially worse.
  3. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which your heart can't pump enough blood to your body's other organs.
  4. An enlarged heart is another heart condition where the muscle of your heart becomes larger due to being overworked, which naturally happens if you are overweight.
  5. A pulmonary embolism is a sometimes a fatal blockage of an artery. Being overweight causes most people to reduce activity, and after time lack of activity can result in an embolism.
  6. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which cysts develop in your ovaries. These can burst, causing even further problems
  7. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease happens when stomach acid and juices flow from the stomach back up into the esophagus. It is more common in overweight people.
  8. A fatty liver disease is a reversible condition in which large pockets of fat accumulate in liver cells. It used to be caused more from consuming too much alcohol but with so many unhealthy foods being consumed it's just as common when people are overweight or obese.
  9. A hernia is caused when the hole in the diaphragm which weakens and enlarges.
  10. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to develop or maintain an erection, which can be caused by a medical problem due to obesity.
  11. Urinary incontinence is the inability to control urination. It is frequently associated with obesity, a weak bladder and pelvic floor muscles
  12. Chronic renal failure, meaning your kidneys fail to work, is a much greater risk to those who are overweight or obese.
  13. Lymph edema (severe water retention) is a condition that occurs from a damaged or dysfunctional lymphatic system, sometimes caused by people suffering from obesity actually crushing their own lymphatics.
  14. Cellulitis (not to be confused with cellulite) is a spreading infection, involving both the dermis and subcutaneous skin tissues, resulting from poor lymph flow which can be caused by obesity.
  15. Stroke is caused by a lack of blood supply to your brain. It's been estimated that being obese doubles your chances of having a stroke!
  16. Pickwickian syndrome is characterized by sleep apnea resulting from obesity placing an excessive load on your pulmonary system.
  17. Depression is a condition where a person feels miserable constantly, even to the point of being suicidal. It can be worse for someone who also has a weight problem.
  18. Osteoarthritis is a clinical syndrome in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in your joints. It is caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage, frequently due to obesity.
  19. Gout occurs when uric acid accumulates in your blood, usually caused by eating excessive amounts of rich foods. Nerve endings then become irritated, causing extreme pain, which is made worse by carrying extra weight.
  20. Gallbladder disease commonly affects overweight people as a result of high blood cholesterol levels, which frequently causes gall stones.
These 20 diseases above are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to diseases caused by being overweight. Did you know that according to a Surgeon General report, obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year in the United States?
To be clear here, obesity itself is not the specific cause of a a disease. The underlying cause relates to an overall unhealthy diet along with the lack of regular exercise. But, these habits of course, directly lead to being overweight or obese. 
Dr. Mercola, a well known holistic doctor on the internet says it best, "Your body is designed to operate best when it's at an ideal weight. Carrying around extra pounds will inevitably increase your risk of developing just about every chronic degenerative disease known to man, and seeing some of them listed above gives you an idea of just how many -- and how far-reaching the problems can be."  It's simply not all about just looking good, (althought that's not a bad thing) it's really about your health."
"Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…"  - Anonymous.  Be your own doctor when it comes to your weight. Focus on your weight and focus on your health. Stop the obesity epidemic now.
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