North Americans are gaining weight at an extraordinary rate, the rate of chronic diseases and deaths due to obesity is matching that unfortunate growth. The CDC estimates that one-third of all adults in the United States is obese, and a Canadian study by Memorial University suggests obesity rates in Canada have tripled in the past three decades.
Unfortunately, becoming obese carries many health issues that may range from chronic, lifelong conditions to serious diseases that may cause death. Obesity is a frightening foe, and you'll want to take a serious look at what can obesity lead to, even if you feel healthy. Some obesity related diseases are actually preventable through considerable and maintained weight loss.
What Diseases Can Obesity Cause?
Obesity is related to a host of conditions, but five obesity related illnesses stand out above the rest because of its severe impact on health and quality of life. Those conditions include:
1. Heart disease
A statement from the American Heart Association suggests that obesity is a worldwide problem and is associated with several forms of heart disease. Only recently have doctors concluded that coronary heart disease is a direct result of obesity.
2. Type 2 diabetes
According to the Obesity Society, if you carry too much extra body fat you may be at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You may not be able to control your blood sugar properly, which may lead to this disease which leads to many other health conditions.
High blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, and obesity dramatically increases risk of both of these conditions. In fact, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada suggests that weight gain in a person's adolescent years may lead to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.
4. Cancer (Several Types)
Obesity is associated with a laundry list of cancers. The National Cancer Institute suggests obesity may lead to the development of esophageal cancer, breast cancer, and colon and rectum cancer, as well as several other types.
5. High blood pressure
High blood pressure is so prevalent today that many people don't realize how serious it is in terms of being one of the most common obesity related diseases. Years of suffering from high blood pressure may result in brain or abdominal aneurysm, as well as irreparable artery damage, renal failure heart failure and even brain damage.
Additional Complications of Obesity
In addition to chronic illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, excess weight may lead to several additional obesity related conditions. Some of those diseases caused by obesity might not be as serious as others but certainly they all are detrimental to our health:
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Reproductive health issues (infertility)
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
- Back and joint pain
- Skin Infections
- Skin Ulcers
- Health complications
- Hiatal hernia
So as you can see the list of diseases resulting from obesity is long and we could continue naming several more, but we just wanted to highlight the most important and frequent ones. We will eventually give you more details on most of these diseases and how to prevent them, but, long story short: weight loss is key to stay away from all of them, and when you have struggled for years without success, you should consider a more drastic and definitive solution such as weight loss surgery.
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How can you fight against obesity?
No two individuals are the same, and people become obese for a variety of reasons. The social stigma of being overweight or obese, leads many people to withdraw from social settings, which results in reduced quality of life. It's important to come to terms with your weight and discuss the options you have for regaining your health.
Three traditional methods for losing weight include:
- Dietary & fitness changes
- Weight Loss Surgery
As stated on our website in the area dedicated to determining if a person is a good candidate for weight loss surgery, after several trials performed worldwide it has been demonstrated that once obesity has reached to a point in which it is associated with a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 35, the chances of success with non surgical treatment are scarce. So if this is your case you might benefit from having a bariatric procedure done before that BMI rises even more and or obesity related illnesses become present in your life!
If you choose weight loss surgery, you'll develop a plan that includes a healthy diet after gastric sleeve, lap band, etc, as well as lifestyle changes to combat obesity for the long-term. One of the most essential components of successful weight loss surgery comes from the dietary changes you make after surgery, which will be much easier with the aid of such procedures (Gastric Sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, etc).
The sheer number of obesity related diseases is frightening. Many people don't realize the impact their weight has on their health until they develop a condition like type 2 diabetes. If you're obese, embarking on a weight loss journey is essential at any age, particularly if your weight has started to interfere with your enjoyment of life and your health.
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Written by: Gabriel Rosales
Dr. Gabriel Rosales is a highly skilled, board certified surgeon in constant pursuit of learning the latest innovations in the weight loss surgery field to give his patients the best care possible.