Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk for These Common Diseases

If you’re one of the more than 2 in 3 adults who are considered overweight or obese, shedding excess pounds can improve your overall health and lower your risk of developing various chronic diseases. Losing even a modest amount of weight can significantly reduce your chances of developing common chronic diseases.

But even if you know that and you’re trying to slim down, you may struggle to lose weight. That’s where we at Vital Wellness & Weight Loss come in. Dr. Richard Eller and Dr. Michele Cavenee, along with our supportive wellness team, help men and women lose weight using safe and effective approaches. 

We offer medically supervised weight loss programs, bariatric surgery, and non-surgical options, such as a gastric balloon procedure. And we can prescribe weight loss medication to help control your appetite so you can stick to healthier, lower-calorie eating habits. Our programs are designed to help you lose weight and keep it off

Body mass index linked to health risks

BMI is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. A healthy range for BMI is 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of 30 and above is classified as obese. There’s a strong link between obesity and the risk for certain chronic diseases.

If you’re overweight, the goal is to bring your BMI within a healthy range. Losing just 5-10% of your total weight, even if you’re still overweight, reduces your risk of developing common diseases. Read on to learn what diseases you’re less likely to develop when you lose weight.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing briefly during sleep. Being overweight is a major risk factor. Many people with sleep apnea are completely unaware of it, and it can compromise your health.

Carrying excess weight can cause extra fat to accumulate around your neck, increasing the chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea.

Type 2 diabetes

There’s a strong link between obesity and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You’re up to seven times more likely to develop diabetes if you’re overweight. Excess weight affects how well your body uses blood sugar. Excess fat can cause your cells to resist the effects of the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin. This is known as insulin resistance, and it paves the way for diabetes to develop.

An estimated 85% of people with diabetes are overweight or obese, but if you drop just 5-10% of your total body weight, you can reduce your risk for diabetes by close to 60%. Weight loss is crucial for not only preventing diabetes but improving blood sugar management if you currently have diabetes.

Elevated cholesterol

Excess body fat has a potent impact on cholesterol levels. People who are overweight often have high levels of low-density lipoprotein, a bad form of cholesterol, and lower levels of high-density lipoprotein, a beneficial form of cholesterol. Being overweight or obese also raises triglyceride levels.

Cholesterol levels tend to improve dramatically when you lose even a small amount of weight. We can help you slim down so that your cholesterol levels improve.

High blood pressure

Carrying excess weight requires your heart to work harder to circulate blood throughout your body. To compensate, your body raises your blood pressure. 

Another way being overweight raises your risk of high blood pressure is by promoting inflammation, which causes blood vessels to become stiff. This can not only raise your blood pressure, but also set the stage for atherosclerosis, a hallmark of heart disease.

If you’ve tried different diets without substantial success, you may be ready to discover a new you with the help of medical weight loss. To learn more about how we can help you reach your weight loss, wellness, and aesthetic goals, we invite you to visit our Dallas wellness clinic. Call 214-666-8021 to schedule your initial consultation. You can also book your request here on our website.

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