The Dangers of Being Overweight

April 8, 2010 by  
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Obesity and being overweight are now approaching epidemic proportions in much of the developing world. Some researchers point to the modern diet whereas others blame technology for diverting time away from physical exercise. This is especially salient in the current generation of children. No matter what the actual cause, being overweight entails significant risks and dangers.

One is considered to be overweight if they weigh more than their ideal body weight for their height and frame. Obesity is defined as being more than 20% over the ideal recommended body weight. It is well understood that obesity can lead to a plethora of adverse health effects, however, recent studies have shown that some of these risks are also applicable to people who are overweight but fall short of the official definition of being obese.

Being overweight is caused by a mixture of genes and behavior. Obviously, overeating is a prime cause of being overweight. If one does not burn as many calories as they consume, then the inevitable result is weight gain. Some people inherit a slow metabolism which triggers weight gain no matter how hard they try to keep the pounds off. Some medical conditions, including those related to the thyroid gland, also tend to cause weight gain. Proper diet and regular exercise become even more imperative for those who have this type of weight gain predisposition.

Obese People

Obese People

One of the most common maladies associated with being overweight is type two diabetes. Obesity is actually the leading cause of this disease which can lead to amputations and even death. Studies have shown that being overweight, even if not obese, increases the odds of being diagnosed with type two diabetes. High blood pressure is another condition tied to being overweight. Having can lead to and strokes. Overweight people have also been shown to suffer a higher incidence of . These conditions obviously are quite serious and steps should be taken to avoid them.

Being overweight also entails disadvantages within both your professional and personal life. Studies have shown that overweight employees are less likely to get hired and have less chances of getting promoted during the course of their careers. Many companies are loathe to employ overweight people in the sales arena along with other positions which represent the face of the company. It might seem unfair, but society often does judge a book by its cover.

Obviously, members of the opposite sex tend to be turned off by an overweight appearance. Most people who lose significant weight notice an immediate and marked difference when it comes to romance. Additionally, many overweight people lose out on many of life’s enjoyments, such as a day at the beach, because they are insecure about their appearance.

Being overweight entails many dangers and inconveniences. It is never too late to vow to lose weight, and there are many cutting edge products and techniques which can assist you in this often difficult endeavor. Take the first step today by exploring what is out there to help you achieve better health by losing weight.

Tags: strokes, overweight, high blood pressure, cancer, Diabetes, obese

Heart Disease in Women

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death of American women.?? is No. 3. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects a woman???s heart and blood vessels.?? One out of every 10 women between the ages of 45 and 64 has some form of CVD.?? Once a woman reaches 65, this increases to 1 out of every 4.?? Every year about 500,000 women have a and about 370,000 of them die.?? And, almost 100,000 women die each year of stroke.

What are the Cardiovascular Diseases of the Heart?

The most common CVDs are:

  • Coronary is when plaque builds up and blocks or slows down the blood flow through the vessels in the heart. Some symptoms are:
  • Angina ??? chest pain caused when the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart is blocked for a short time
  • Heart attack – when areas of the heart die because the flow of blood and oxygen is blocked off for a longer time
  • Heart failure – when the heart can not pump enough blood out of the heart as it should and the body does not get enough blood and oxygen
  • High blood pressure – when the pressure inside the walls of blood vessels is higher than normal
  • Stroke – when a blood vessel that takes blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or bursts and a area of the brain (and the area of the body the body it controls) can???t work as it should

What are factors put you a risk for CVD?

Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting a disease.?? Some risk factors you cannot control.?? But, some you can control and even change.?? Some women???s risk are higher than others.

The main risk factors for CVD that you can???t control are age and a family history of CVD.?? The factors you can control or change are:

  • Being overweight
  • Having diabetes
  • Having high blood cholesterol
  • Not being physically active
  • Smoking

What Can you do?

If you have at least 1 risk factor for CVD you should learn how to control it or prevent. By taking active role in your health care, you can make a difference.?? Tell your doctor or nurse what???s going on with your health.?? Ask questions or talk with about concerns you have.?? Ask if there are any medical tests you should take to see if you already have CVD.

Learn which lifestyle changes can help lower your risks.?? Making changes in your habits is the first step in preventing or controlling CVD.?? Making these changes is very important if you are African-American or over the age of 55.

Do you have any of these risk factors and habits you can control or change?

  • Don???t smoke, or quit if you do.
  • Get up and get active.
  • If overweight, work on losing weight.
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood glucose levels in your target range.
  • Reduce your blood cholesterol levels.
  • If you take medicine for blood pressure or pre-diabetes, take it exactly as you should.

The Good News!

Changing your habits isn???t easy – but it works.?? It can lower your risks for CVD.?? If you already have CVD, it can help your heart and blood vessels get healthier.?? Here???s how:

  • Once you stop smoking, within a few years your risks for heart disease will be the same as that of a non-smoker.
  • Getting more exercise can help you lose weight, prevent and control high blood pressure, increase your good cholesterol levels and can even help prevent and control diabetes.
  • By eating less fat and cholesterol, more fruits and vegetables and watching how much salt you use, you can help reduce high blood pressure and bad cholesterol and take off extra pounds.
  • If you take off extra weight it can lower your risk for CVD, help prevent or control diabetes (if you have it) and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

It???s up to you. By making some effort the heart you save may be your own.

Tags: Coronary heart disease, heart attack, Cardiology, high blood pressure, Cardiovascular diseases, heart failure, Stroke, Diabetes

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