Overweight and obesity increase the risk for certain diseases to occur. Often mentioned under the generic name co-morbidities these refer in every case to health conditions associated with excessive body fat.
Ehrlich Bariatrics warns about the dangers of the following obesity-related co-morbidities:
- Type 2 diabetes is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and can cause kidney disease, heart disease, stroke and even blindness. Statistics show that more than three quarters of people suffering from type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Regular physical activity and weight loss reduces helps reduce blood sugar levels and helps avoid health complications.
- Stroke and coronary heart disease are both among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and because of abnormal function of the heart and circulatory system can further lead to heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Weight loss lowers blood pressure, cholesterol level and improves heart function and blood circulation.
- Certain cancer forms such as cancers of the colon, esophagus, and kidney, as well as breast cancer, have an increased risk to develop in obese people. While it is not yet entirely understood why obesity increases cancer risks, it is shown that weight loss may lower cancer risk.
- Sleep Apnea is a rather tiring condition, where breathing is stopped for short periods of time during the night causing sleepiness while awake, concentration issues and in extreme cases, heart failure. Weight loss improves sleep apnea and this might be related to a smaller neck size and fewer inflammations.
- Fatty liver disease is a health conditions in which fat accumulates in the liver causing inflammation and injury. Severe damage to the liver includes cirrhosis and liver failure. Fatty liver disease gets even more dangerous if alcohol is consumed. Weight loss helps control blood sugar levels and reduces fat.
- Pregnancy complications are obesity-related health conditions that pose risks for both mother and child. Gestational diabetes, high blood pressure during pregnancy and cesarean delivery complication are among these life endangering health conditions. The surest way to avoid pregnancy complications is to lose weight before pregnancy, but losing weight after already developing gestational diabetes will lower chances for later development of diabetes.