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Health Benefits of Weight Loss: Several Reasons to Shed the Pounds



Health Benefits of Weight Loss

Have you ever wondered how the stress of being healthy, living healthy, and staying healthy, became a part our everyday lives? T.V. commercials, celebrities, and doctors, promote healthy eating, dieting and exercise…but why?

Studies have shown that losing weight can significantly decrease your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea. These health benefits of weight loss can increase longevity, and make you a happier person, so why not lose the extra pounds?

It is a fact that heart disease and stroke are two of the primary causes of 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, or blood fat. Angina, one type of heart disease, causes chest pains, as well as a decrease in the oxygen pumped to the heart. Sudden death can also occur from heart disease and stroke. By decreasing your weight by a mere five to ten percent, one is able to decrease the chances of developing heart disease or stroke. 

Both types of diabetes, type one and type two, are linked to being overweight.  To those who already have diabetes, regular exercise, and losing weight, could help in controlling your blood sugar levels. Both actions will likely increase the effectiveness of any medication you may be currently using.

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

When a person is overweight, the joints of his or her knees, hips, and lower back have to exert double, sometimes triple, the amount of effort to carry the person throughout their life.  This causes stress and tension on these particular joints.  Weight loss decreases the load these joints carry, which decreases, or eliminates, the pain of osteoarthritis.

Sleep apnea is a condition where one temporarily stops breathing for a brief period, and then continues to snore heavily.  Sleep apnea could cause drowsiness during the day, and could result in heart failure in extreme cases. Losing those excess pounds could help in eliminating this problem, and can increase your amount of energy. Lost weight can even mean more restful nights.

Research has been in place for many, many, years to share information about the benefits of weight loss. As you can see from the information given, losing weight can lead you to a healthier lifestyle, and a longer life. You only have one life; why not make it best one you’ll ever live?

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