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: obese, overweight, Obesity, strokes, high blood pressure

Sickle Cell Disease

August 20, 2009 by  
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This information is about Sickle Cell Disease. You’ll find out what Sickle Cell Disease is, how it’s treated, and resources your family can use.

Sickle Cell Disease affects about 50,000 people in the United States and there are about 1,500 new infants born with this disease each year. Most, but not all, of the patients with Sickle Cell Disease are black.

In Sickle Cell Disease, the oxygen- carrying part of the red blood cells, or hemoglobin, is defective. This causes the red cells to be deformed and take on a so-called sickle shape. These sickle-shaped red cells get caught in the small blood vessels of various organs causing the symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease.

Children with Sickle Cell Disease may have many problems related to anemia, infection, and blocking of the blood vessels causing damage or death of the surrounding tissues. This last condition is commonly called “sickle cell crisis.”

In addition to experiencing the symptoms of anemia, paleness, weakness, shortness of breath and increased heart beat, the unique symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease include pain in the bones and abdomen especially during a sickle cell crisis.

Sickle Cell Disease varies from person to person depending on the specific type of hemoglobin the individual inherits. The disease results from inheriting one gene for sickle hemoglobin from one parent and another gene for either sickle hemoglobin or another abnormal hemoglobin from the other parent. The most severe type occurs when a child inherits sickle hemoglobin from both parents.

During the first years of life, severe infections may result in pneumonia, blood infections, meningitis, or bone infections. These conditions may even result in death if not medically attended to rapidly.

Very young children, usually less than five years of age, are commonly treated with daily low dose penicillin to prevent a number of these infections that may have killed children in the past.

In adolescence and early adult life, there tends to be less infections and more sickling episodes. These episodes cause either painful “crises” or changes in various organs that may result in pulmonary disease, kidney problems, strokes, arthritis or even heart failure.

Sickle Cell Disease is not curable, but the symptoms can be managed. When close medical care is provided to the child or teen, along with family training and vigilance on the part of the parents, most individuals with Sickle Cell Disease may lead normal lifestyles.

Please remember these key points: Sickle Cell Disease can cause severe illness in young children through teens if left untreated. Adults suffer more often from sickling episodes that are painful, and can cause changes in various organs. Sickle Cell Disease can be managed and most individuals can participate in normal lifestyle activities.

Tags: unique symptoms, young children, strokes, sickle cell disease, anemia

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