Avoid Ten Obesity-Health-Problems for Quality of Life

Avoiding obesity-health-problems can help you live longer and also enhance your quality of life. Carrying excess weight increases the risk of many chronic diseases. Staying lean can help prevent the following obesity-health-problems:

  1. Alzheimer's disease       
  2.  Cancer·        
  3. Diabetes·        
  4. Cardiovascular disease·       
  5. High blood pressure·         
  6. Gum disease·        
  7. Stroke·        
  8. Skin sores·        
  9. Vision loss·        
  10. Heartburn

Weight problems can mask problems with the thyroid, which is a serious condition that affects every metabolic function in our body. A thyroid imbalance is difficult to diagnose and if left untreated can cause long term complications such as heart disease, muscle weakness, and osteoporosis. If you suspect that you have a thyroid-imbalance, a visit with your physician is needed.

Obesity is a serious medical problem. Generally, obese persons have a shorter life expectancy; they suffer earlier, more often, and more severely from a large number of diseases than do their normal-weight counterparts. For example, people who are obese are also frequently affected by diabetes; in fact, worldwide, roughly 90 percent of type II diabetes cases are caused by excess weight.

In general, relative to normal-weight individuals, obese individuals are more likely to die prematurely of degenerative diseases of the heart, arteries, and kidneys, and they have an increased risk of developing cancer. Obese individuals also have an increased risk of death from accidents and constitute poor surgical risks.

As a society we have become more and more sedentary because we enjoy modern methods of transportation and many distractions such as television screens, computers, and games. We have entertainment that requires little or no physical effort. Obesity is a problem that is impacting both men and women of all age groups.

Part of the solution is to participate in moderate aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking, biking, rowing, or jogging. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days per week. Moderate walking just 30 minutes per day can significantly cut the risk of heart disease. Before starting any exercise program it is advisable to consult with your personal physician. Weight loss is best achieved through increased physical activity and basic dietary changes, such as lowering total calorie intake by substituting fruits and vegetables for refined carbohydrates.

Obesity is a serious public health issue because it is a leading preventable cause of death world-wide. Want to live a long healthy life? Stay lean! Excess body fat is a significant risk factor for most all major chronic-diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer and Heart disease. Start today to avoid obesity-health-problems. Consult with your physician on exercise and diet. Make a commitment to do what it takes to get lean and stay lean.

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Disclaimer and goal

In the end it's not the years in your life that count but the life in your years. Abraham  Lincoln

References and suggested reading:

  • “diabetes.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica (2011).
  • "obesity." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
  • “Prime Time Health.” William Sears, M.D.,  Little, Brown & Company.
  • Go to retirement-resources for more references and suggested reading.

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