Health Conditions Related to Obesity

May 17, 2017 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Bariatric Surgery

Health conditions related to obesityBeing overweight does not only affect your appearance. There are also a number of serious health conditions related to obesity. Often, these health conditions may be so severe that they can significantly shorten your life expectancy. If you have struggled with your weight for most of your life, you may feel like there is nothing you can do to improve your health.

Fortunately, at LIMARP® International Center of Excellence for Obesity in Tijuana, MX, serving San Diego, CA and surrounding areas, we offer several types of bariatric surgery. By reducing the amount you can eat and changing the way that your body digests food, we can help you lose a significant amount of weight. Therefore, after bariatric surgery, you could enjoy improved physical wellness and a more active lifestyle.

Heart Attack and Stroke

If you have a BMI of 30 or above, you are classified as obese. Accordingly, you will have a much higher risk for heart disease, particularly if the excess weight is mostly around your waist. (Women with a waist more than 35 inches in circumference and men with a waist more than 40 inches in circumference are considered at high risk.)

There are several reasons that obesity and heart disease are linked. First, when you weigh more, your heart needs to pump more blood to distribute it to the rest of your body. To do so, your heart will slightly increase in size, which could raise your blood pressure. Additionally, obesity tends to elevate your bad cholesterol (HDL) and lower your good cholesterol (LDL). Finally, many scientists now believe that obesity is an inflammatory condition. Thus, there may be an as-yet undiscovered factor in the link between obesity and heart attacks. For instance, some experts speculate that fat cells may release chemicals that are damaging to the heart.

Type 2 Diabetes

Being overweight is the top risk factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. If you are suffering from this condition, your body does not use insulin as effectively as it should. This biochemical, produced by your pancreas, helps cells convert food into energy.

To combat inefficient insulin use, your body will make more insulin to transfer glucose into the cells. However, because this increased production is not natural, sugar will eventually build up in your blood stream. New research shows that when you are overweight, your cells have too many nutrients to process. As a result, your body will signal cells to reduce insulin receptors, leading to insulin resistance.

Diabetes is a huge concern because it can cause a number of additional health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Foot problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Sexual dysfunction

Arthritis

Arthritis is typically an age-related condition. It occurs when the cartilage inside your joints starts to wear down, causing painful friction between the bones every time you move. When you are overweight, your joints suffer additional strain, and cartilage may wear down more quickly. It can then be quite painful to move. Exercise will become difficult, and it will be even harder to reach a healthy weight.

Respiratory Problems

Obesity has been linked to multiple respiratory conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obstructive sleep apnea. In part, this is because extra fat can compress the lungs and decrease total lung capacity. Furthermore, fat accumulation around the waist can inhibit the movement of your diaphragm. Excess weight can also affect muscle efficiency. As with arthritis, respiratory problems can make exercise difficult, if not impossible. Accordingly, it will be harder to manage your weight.

Other Health Concerns

Along with the conditions described above, obesity can also increase your risk for:

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Certain cancers, such as colon, pancreatic, liver, breast, and kidney cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Chronic depression

LIMARP Can Improve Your Overall Wellness

LIMARP offers a full spectrum of bariatric surgeries to help you lose weight and restore your health. When you come to our practice, we will evaluate your needs and explain the various surgical options available. Depending on your current weight, lifestyle, and health, we will help you choose the most appropriate procedure. After surgery, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are essential. However, with the right changes, you could lose a significant amount of weight.

Contact Us for an Evaluation

If you are considered at risk for any of the obesity-related health conditions described above, contact our office today. Our care could give you a longer and healthier life.

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