The Dangers of Obesity
By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on October 06, 2017
Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or weighing 20 percent more than a person's ideal weight for his or her height. Carrying around such excess weight stresses the body and increases the risk of many health problems. While losing weight may seem like a simple solution to improving health and lowering the risk of obesity related problems, weight loss is something many people struggle with.
Bariatric surgery can help those who are obese reach a healthy weight and lower their risk of many health problems. Here, we will focus on the dangers of obesity and how treatment from Dr. Jacqueline Osuna, based out of Tijuana, MX and Guadalajara, MX, can help.
The Dangers of Obesity
Being obese places great strain on the body and can drastically decrease a person's lifespan. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) more than one-third of American adults are obese, putting a significant portion of the population at higher risk of health problems associated with obesity. Some of the most common health conditions associated with obesity include:
- High blood pressure: Obesity can cause blood pressure to become high and stay chronically elevated. High blood pressure increases the risk of more serious conditions, including heart disease and stroke.
- Heart disease and stroke: Carrying extra weight can lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Having both high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Ultimately, heart disease and stroke can be fatal.
- Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest risks of obesity. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot properly metabolize sugar and can lead to serious complications, including nerve damage, kidney damage, and eye damage, if left untreated.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints of the body, including the knees, hips, and back. Years of obesity can place extra stress and strain on the joints, causing the cartilage that cushions the joints to wear away, leading to pain when walking or doing any physical activities.
- Gout: Gout is another disease that affects the joints and develops when too much uric acid is in the blood. The extra uric acid forms crystals that can collect in the joints and is extremely painful. Those who are overweight are at greater risk of developing gout.
- Some cancers: The risk of some cancers may increase with obesity. These cancers include colon cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, and kidney cancer.
- Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person briefly stops breathing throughout sleep and is more common in those who are obese. Sleep apnea can cause loud snoring as well as increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Learn More about Your Weight Loss Options
Losing weight can help significantly decrease the health risks associated with obesity. Bariatric surgery physically reduces the size of the stomach, assisting those who struggle with their weight to make the dietary changes necessary for effective weight loss. If you are ready to take control of your weight and health, Dr. Osuna can help. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.
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