Losing Weight Reduces Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

The weight problem in the United States, and around the world, has been labeled a health care crisis, and for good reason. Consider that 1 in 3 Americans are overweight and another 1 in 3 are considered obese, and you begin to understand the magnitude of the problem, which affects a full two-thirds of the population. 

Increasing in lockstep with the national weight problem is the prevalence of a number of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and it’s no coincidence.

At our practice, which specializes in weight loss, Dr. George Mutafyan and our team understand the serious health implications that come with being overweight or obese, which is why we offer a wide range of effective weight loss services. With our help, many of our clients are taking charge of their health by losing weight, allowing them to lead healthy, active lives long into the future.

Here’s a look at some of the more common chronic problems that are linked to being overweight and how losing weight can make all the difference.

Type 2 diabetes

One of the biggest health problems in America is the growing incidence of diabetes, with 1.5 million new diagnoses each year. More alarming still is the fact that more than 84 million people are considered prediabetic, which means they’re dangerously close to crossing over into full-blown Type 2 diabetes. 

But we think that there’s an amazing opportunity in this large number — 84-plus million people have the chance to reverse the course they’re on, and the best place to start is through weight loss. By losing just 10% of your overall body fat, you may be able to prevent Type 2 diabetes from developing, saving yourself a lifetime of dealing with this chronic and systemic disease.

Going a step further, a study conducted in the United Kingdom found that people who are in their first 10 years of diabetes were able to reverse their diabetes through weight loss.

A heavy heart

The effect that being overweight or obese can have on your cardiovascular system is a clearly established link. Researchers have found that carrying extra weight can lead directly to:

Here again, losing just 5-10% of your weight can make a big difference in lowering these risks.

An extra burden

Another chronic condition that’s exacerbated by carrying extra weight is arthritis, namely osteoarthritis, which affects 31 million people in the United States. And these numbers are expected to rise thanks to an aging population.

Your joints are designed to carry a certain amount of weight, and when you add to their already large burden, you may accelerate the natural wear-and-tear process. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for arthritis, but the key to managing the condition is to slow its progression, which can be accomplished through weight loss and exercise.

A helping hand

While we’ve reviewed the top health conditions that are affected by your weight, there are many more. The bottom line is that being overweight or obese is very detrimental to your health. The good news is that we’re here to help, and we offer weight-loss services that include everything from medically supervised weight loss programs to bariatric surgery.

To gain the upper hand on your weight problem and your health, contact us at (818) 201-2932.

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