The Health Benefits of Losing Weight

There are many benefits acquired from losing weight.  It can sometimes be tough to start but once you get going there can be long term positive affects to your health & wellbeing.

The following are a few of the advantages from losing those excess pounds.

Weight loss can prevent high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke

It is a fact that heart disease and stroke are one of the primary reasons for disability and death in both men and women around the world.  People who are overweight have a higher risk of high levels of cholesterol in their blood stream as well as triglycerides (also known as blood fat).

Angina, one type of heart disease, could cause chest pains as well as a decrease in the oxygen pumped to the heart. Sudden death can also occur from heart disease & stroke, often striking with very little warning signs or symptoms.

By decreasing your weight by a mere five to ten percent, this could positively decrease the chances of you having or developing heart disease or stroke.  Plus, how your heart functions would also improve your blood pressure & your cholesterol and triglyceride counts will decrease.

Weight loss can prevent type 2 diabetes

Both types of diabetes, type one and type two are linked with being overweight.  To those who already have diabetes, regular exercise & losing weight could help in controlling your blood sugar levels as well as any medication you may be currently using. 

Weight loss can help reduce your risk of cancer

Being overweight is linked with a number of different cancers.  For women, the common types of cancer that is associated with being overweight include cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, ovary, breast, and colon.  For men, these include  cancer of the colon, prostate and rectum.  Extra weight, a diet high in fat and cholesterol should be avoided as much as possible for good long term health. 

Weight loss can reduce sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition where one could temporarily stop breathing for a brief period and then continue to snore heavily.  Sleep apnea could cause drowsiness or sleepiness during the day and could result in heart failure in extreme cases. Shedding those excess pounds could help in eliminating this problem.

Weight loss can reduce the pain of osteoarthritis

When a person is overweight, the joints of his or her knees, hips and lower back have to exert double – if not triple – the effort to carry him or her through out his / her waking, walking and moving life.  This causes stress & tension on these particular joints.  Weight loss decreases the load these joints carry thus decreasing – if not eliminating – the pain of osteoarthritis.

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