|The Horrifying Dangers of Gaining Weight
Being overweight does not just make you look less attractive. Research has shown that as
weight increases to the levels referred to as "overweight" and "obesity," the risks for many
health conditions increase dramatically. Among those health conditions are a few that are
the top killers in today’s society.
Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease) and Weight Gain
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the biggest cause of deaths worldwide. Weight gain
is connected to CVD because an obese person has more body mass. This increased mass
means the person requires more blood flowing throughout his body. Therefore, the heart
must work harder to pump blood throughout the body, which causes strain on the heart.
Obese individuals have more body fat which means more fatty molecules, such as
triglycerides, are likely in their blood vessels. These fats can restrict the blood vessels,
causing the heart to experience difficulty in pushing blood through the vessels. This
constriction also worsens the strain on the heart, because the heart has to work overtime
both to pump large amounts of blood and to push the blood through the blood vessels.
Obesity can and often does cause heart failure because the obese person's heart is
overworked. An obese person can experience heart failure through a heart attack, which is
when the heart muscle dies due to a decreased supply of oxygen because blood flow is
blocked through a fat-clogged blood vessel. An obese person can also experience heart
failure through cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating due to a sudden loss of
function likely caused by being overworked. By managing your weight, you can reduce your
chances of developing several different types of heart disease and help control other
related risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol.
Weight Gain and the Risk of Stroke
Another risk factor of weight gain is a stroke. A stroke involves potentially life-threatening
damage to the brain caused by interruption to its blood supply. Atherosclerosis, or
narrowing of the arteries, which may lead to the formation of a blood clot is an important risk
factor associated with many strokes. Atherosclerosis is accelerated by high blood pressure,
smoking, high cholesterol and lack of exercise. Obesity, especially morbid obesity is
frequently associated with a high-fat diet, raised blood pressure and lack of exercise. Thus
obesity is now considered an important secondary risk factor for strokes.
Diabetes and Weight Gain
Type II diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose. Rates
of diabetes have increased markedly over the last 50 years in parallel with obesity. Obese
patients are prone to have insulin resistance along with a fatty liver. It is because of this
insulin malfunction that puts an obese person at a higher risk of getting type II diabetes.
This does not mean if you are not obese you will not get diabetes, this just means that you
are at a much higher risk if you are obese. Regular exercise and dietary modifications can
help reverse the risk of type II diabetes.
Other dangers of Obesity include:
The risk factors discussed above are all associated with weight gain and obesity and also
with each other. Obese patients commonly suffer from a combination of many risk factors
not just one or the other. By reducing the causes of weight gain it can reduce your risk of
many health issues and can even help save your life.
If you are at risk due to excess weight, the best thing you can do is to
start losing weight today!!
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