Everywhere you turn today it seems that you read an article, see a television segment, or see an advertisement warning about overweight dangers. Unfortunately, these overweight dangers are all too real and, lest you think that the risks are only for those suffering from these overweight dangers, think again. There are loved ones, dependents, spouses, and colleagues that are affected when you suffer from a debilitating disease.
Following are the most serious overweight dangers you should know about:
#1 Overweight Danger: Heart Disease and Stroke
High blood pressure often develops in overweight individuals and that can lead to a stroke or a heart attack. It is estimated that one-third to one-half of all people with high blood pressure are overweight. The more overweight you are, the higher your blood pressure rises. Besides the stroke and heart attack high, blood pressure can lead to blindness and kidney failure
#2 Overweight Danger: Breast, Endometrial, Gallbladder and Colon Cancer
Women who are past menopause and who are overweight face a 50% higher chance of having breast cancer than their peers who are in normal weight ranges, and men in general who are overweight risk a 40% greater chance of having colon cancer. When it comes to gallbladder cancer, both men and women who are overweight face a 5 times greater chance of being diagnosed with it. Along with all of this bad news, it now appears that overweight individuals also have a higher risk of kidney, pancreas, rectum, esophagus, and liver cancer also.
#3 Overweight Danger: Type 2 Diabetes
No one really knows how a person comes down with type 2 diabetes but, we do know that 80% or more of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. The laundry list of bad side effects you could suffer from type 2 diabetes include: blindness, amputation, kidney and nerve disease, and that is only the short list.
#4 Overweight Danger: Osteoarthritis
This threat causes stiffness and soreness in the joints of the body. It can lead to joint replacement surgery and greatly affects the quality of life. Being overweight is one of the top ten factors contributing to Osteoarthritis and losing weight is among the top ten things you can do to help relieve the symptoms.
#5 Overweight Danger: Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Problems
Sleep apnea which causes loud snoring, pauses in breathing and poor sleeping also can lead to other significant health issues such as a higher risk of stroke, heart disease, insomnia and mood disorders. Losing weight often reverses this condition and frees the sufferer from these affects.
Unfortunately, knowing about overweight dangers and deciding to lose weight does not make losing weight any easier.
What You Can Do About It?
There is good news though; if you can lose 10% of your body weight, it reduces the risk of these diseases significantly. So set a goal of at least 10% of your body weight and begin today. Then tomorrow you will see a new healthier you.