It is extremely sad that most of the people today are ignorant of the long term effects of obesity. Research has shown that Obesity related deaths are on the rise and is now the second leading cause of death after smoking. Both have detrimental effects on our health and it usually takes a scare for people to realize its time to make a change.
What are the long term effects of obesity and what can you do.
Eighty to Ninety percent of type two diabetes patients are overweight. Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in America, and it also causes adult blindness. The main cause of obesity is bad eating habits, eating high glyceamic foods causes the level of glucose in your body to increase, excess is stored as fat, and losing weight becomes impossible. Your weight depends on the number of calories you consume, how much you store, and how many you burn.
Type two diabetes is due to your body’s inability to produce enough insulin to break down the excess blood glucose. The pancreas produces digestive juices to help our bodies digest the food that we eat, it also produces insulin. Insulin controls the flow of glucose in and out of every cell in our body. Type two diabetes is directly associated with being overweight.
Obesity has been linked to arteriosclerosis.
Arteriosclerosis is the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. The arteries become narrow which slows down the blood flow, and among other things; it also increases the risk of blood clots. The main arteries at risk include those supplying blood to the brain. If clotting occurs due to a narrowed artery, it blocks blood supply to an area of the brain which results in a stroke. To reduce the risk, losing weight should be your goal.
Sleep area is one of the most common problems in people with obesity. It is a condition where a person stops breathing for some time in their sleep. The soft tissue in the throat collapses around the air was in turn blocking it. For the severely obese, sleep area may get more complicated with hypo ventilation. This is abnormally slow and shallow breathing, resulting in an increased level of carbon dioxide in the blood. Weight loss is the only permanent healthy solution.
The inability to control excretory functions. Being overweight exerts pressure on the urinary bladder and causes leakage of urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or lifting objects.
Obesity can lead to cancer. Studies have shown that women who are overweight are more prone to cancers such as breast cancer, gall bladder cancer and more. The cancer surfaces only in the later stages when a person is mostly obese. The possibility of them succumbing to the disease is very high.
Here are a few diseases related to being overweight.
High blood pressure, coronary heart disease, knee pain, back pain, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, gallstones, impaired immune response, liver disease, pancreatitis, excessive sweating, and depression.
The traditional ways to achieve an ideal body weight include regular physical exercise and a well-balanced calorie controlled diet. A healthy lifestyle is the key to effect manage obesity. Try to engage in weight loss programs, be sure to cut out processed foods and incorporate fresh foods and whole grains gradually along with exercise. Consult with your practitioner in order to eliminate diseases as the cause for excess weight gain, and explore support groups that will assist you in achieving dietary goals.
Starvation diets are not an option as your metabolism shuts down and your body holds onto its fat stores as it goes into starvation mode. Diet pills and portions are expensive and some do not work. Try eating foods in their natural state, stay away from frying of any type, try to cut all the fat off meat before cooking, and always chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. Eat very slowly and in small amounts at one sitting, try not to go back for second helpings. This was you can live life healthier and live much longer.
Successful weight loss depends on becoming more aware of your behaviors and try to change them. Many factors promote weight gain one of which is, we eat more and exercise less. Many low-fat foods are high in calories because they contain large amounts of sugar to improve their taste, so they are higher in calories than foods that are not low fat.
Anyone can see that the long term effects of obesity are seriously damaging our health. It’s time to make a change. You can start with setting small goals and try to achieve them, reward yourself and set more goals, and soon your success will be waiting around the corner. Try taking it one step at a time and don’t give up.