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Top 10 Health Risks Associated with Obesity

The term obese means that a person is approximately 20 percent over the weight that is considered healthy for their body type and size. Although not every obese individual will have each of the below health risks, the chances of falling ill can increase dramatically, especially if you have a family history.

Heart Disease

As you notice your body mass index (BMI) climb, so does your risk for heart disease. Coronary heart disease is a serious condition where plaque can build in your arteries. Since the arteries are integral in supplying blood to your heart, this condition can prove fatal. Obesity can also make it hard for your heart to pump the right amount of blood into your body. The best option in reducing your chances is to drop the weight. A surefire self-pay method is through bariatric surgery.

High Blood Pressure

As you age, it’s important to get your blood pressure tested. It’s especially critical if you’re overweight. If your numbers rise and stay at heightened levels, your body can suffer the consequences. You may be more vulnerable to a heart attack and stroke. Your chances for high blood pressure also greatly increase when you’re obese.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a complication where the body’s blood sugar levels are too high. The body normally breaks food down into glucose and carries it to the various cells in the body. Insulin then turns it into energy. If you have this condition, the body isn’t able to store the insulin properly. Because most individuals are overweight, it can also lead to other complications such as kidney disease, blindness, stroke and more.

Abnormal Fats

If you’re obese, you’ll find yourself at a greater risk of abnormal fats in the body. This includes high levels of bad fats known as triglyceride and LDL. Obesity can also lower your good cholesterol levels. In addition to monitoring your cholesterol levels, excessive weight loss can also help put the levels within a normal range.

Metabolic Syndrome

This is a name for several risk factors that increase your chances of heart disease and other health complications. You can develop any of the risks on its own or in tandem with another. You may be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome if you have three of the following risks. These include extra fat in the waistline, high triglyceride levels, low HDL levels, high blood pressure and a rise in blood sugar levels.

Cancer

Obesity may soon overtake tobacco usage as the most preventable causes of cancer. If you’re overweight, your chances of developing colon, gallbladder, breast and endometrial cancer are significantly high. To help lower your chances, bariatric and incisionless weight loss procedure gastric balloon options are available.

Osteoarthritis

Extra body weight can be difficult to carry. If you don’t do something to lose weight, you could be at risk for osteoarthritis. This joint problem can damage the hips, knees and lower back. It can also make it difficult to move and get around. Minimally invasive surgery and non-surgical weight loss methods can put a person back on track to a healthy and more active lifestyle.

Sleep Apnea and Asthma

Individuals with excessive amounts of fat located in the neck area may be more prone to sleep apnea. When the airway is narrow, it makes it hard for a person to breathe properly, especially when they sleep. Being overweight can also contribute to asthma and other breathing related illnesses. The gastric balloon process allows a patient to undergo a weight loss program without the worry of surgery.

Reproductive Issues

If you’re trying to get pregnant, the extra weight can prevent you from conceiving. Obesity can cause infertility complications for women because the added pounds can mess with their menstrual cycle. Getting close to a normal weight can improve a person’s chance of reproducing greatly.

Gallstones

Gallstones are stone-like pieces of debris that form in a person’s gallbladder. Mostly produced from cholesterol, they can cause back and stomach pain. Individuals who are obese have a higher chance of having gallstones. Being overweight can also cause the gallbladder to become enlarged and not work right. Because diet and exercise aren’t effective methods for everyone, wls offers the right stepping stone to help them meet their weight reduction goals.

Bariatric Surgery

Children and teens who are obese are just as at-risk for health problems as adults. As a matter of fact, overweight kids are more likely to increase their chances of being morbidly obese adults and with similar disease risks.

If diet and exercise have failed to give you the right results, the Orbera or other bariatric surgery may help you on your quest to lose weight. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric balloon and lap-band are all FDA approved surgeries that have been shown to be quite successful in keeping weight off long-term. Although risks are low, and the surgeries are safe, revisional surgery from lap-band could arise if the device erodes or slips.

There are also FDA approved non-surgical options that include ORBERA and Reshape. The balloon-like device is inserted into the stomach in an out-patient medical visit and left in for six months. The balloon takes up space in the stomach, making it easy for an individual to feel full faster during meal time. Ongoing medical and nutritional support are provided to train the individual to adopt healthier eating habits. After six months, the balloon is deflated. This extreme makeover is a less invasive way for a person to lose weight and get their life back. Bariatric surgery and non-surgical options can also a person lower their risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke and cancer. Mental improvements also include more self-confidence and a better outlook on life.

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Dr. Ismael Vazquez

Dr. Ismael Vazquez

Dr. Vazquez has been a Board Certified physician for over 11 years, and specializes in Endoscopic Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. With over 2,700 successful weight loss surgeries, you're in great hands.
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