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How Does Obesity Impact Your Health?

Obesity is at the root of many health problems, from chronic high blood pressure to symptoms that require emergency care. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can have a dramatic impact on your health and help to control or cure a number of weight-related medical conditions. Here is a closer look at some of the ways obesity can influence your health.

Heart Disease

Obesity increases the risk of heart disease in a number of ways. Being obese significantly increases your risk of having high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol levels, both of which can cause blood clots and clogs in blood vessels that can lead to heart attacks. It also increases your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, which is another risk factor for heart disease. If you require heart care, an important part of your treatment may be losing weight to reduce these risk factors.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints. Aging is a major risk factor for this kind of arthritis, but obesity can cause it to develop at a younger age. The pressure put on joints by excess weight can cause them to wear down faster, leading to pain and eventually immobility. In some cases, obesity can lead to the need for orthopedics and spine procedures to repair damaged joints. Weight loss can alleviate this joint pressure and reduce the associated symptoms.

Mental Illness

Mental illness, including depression or anxiety, frequently accompanies obesity. Physical health problems and low quality of life caused by physical limitations associated with obesity are both factors in the emotional impacts of obesity. In some cases, mental illness can exacerbate obesity by triggering overeating. Some medications for mental illness are also linked to weight gain.

Taking control of your weight is possible with the help of the professionals at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. With physicians specializing in behavioral health, bariatrics, emergency care, heart and vascular care, and orthopedics in Miami, we help patients manage all aspects of obesity and weight-related medical conditions. Learn more about how we can help you by calling (888) 256-7692.