20 Health Conditions Associated With Obesity
Posted on Dec 12, 2016 2017-07-07T14:43:51+00:00 0 Obesity Emergency Medical Care
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Obesity (being more than 20% over your healthy weight) can complicate many diseases as well as increase the likelihood of developing certain conditions. However, not all people with these conditions are obese, and not all obese people will go on to contract health problems such as these. Diseases are complex, and often develop from a culmination of different risk factors such as lifestyle or family history. However, people who are obese are at much greater risk of developing these health problems or worsening existing health issues such as these:
  1. Type 2 Diabetes
  2. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  3. Osteoarthritis
  4. Gout
  5. Fatty liver disease
  6. Pregnancy complications
  7. Skin problems
  8. Lymphedema
  9. Atherosclerosis
  10. Clinical depression
  11. Metabolic disorders
  12. Cardiovascular disease
  13. Kidney disease
  14. Asthma
  15. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  16. Stroke
  17. Hypertension
  18. High cholesterol
  19. Sleep apnea
  20. Certain types of cancer (colorectal, endometrial and breast cancer)

What Can You do to Lower These Risks?

The best way to lower your risk of developing these health problems is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking or drinking in excess. If you are obese or overweight, try your best to lose enough weight to fall into a healthy range for your height. If you are having problems losing weight on your own, talk to your doctor (or one of ours!) today for help, such as a referral to a dietitian or individualized medical advice.  Thanks for visiting EMC!