In the United States, more than 72 million Americans are obese. Two-thirds of adult-onset diabetes is directly associated with obesity, which is also associated with more than 40 other medical problems, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and orthopedic problems. These associated conditions can be treated with medications and other therapies to some extent, but the core problem remains: the obesity. In fact, obesity is harder to treat than the diseases and health conditions it causes.
Let’s take a top-line on 10 health conditions that are linked to obesity. Click through to the article for an in-depth look at each condition.
1. Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
If you are obese, you put yourself at risk for diabetes because you become insulin resistant, meaning that no matter how hard your pancreas tries to put out insulin, to bring down your blood sugar, it can’t put out enough - because you become resistant to the effect of the insulin. Diabetes affects multiple health sectors including your pancreas, your heart, and your circulation.
2. Obesity and Breast Cancer
Postmenopausal women who gain more than sixty pounds in adulthood are three times more likely to get the most severe types of breast cancer compared to peers who gain twenty pounds or less. The greater the weight gain the greater the risk for cancer. Women who are obese at the time of their diagnoses are five times more likely to die even if they are diagnosed while in the early stages.
3. Obesity and Alzheimer’s disease
A suspicion that first surfaced around 2005 is now gaining even more momentum: Alzheimer’s disease might be Type 3 diabetes. For all of you junk food addicts out there, know that unhealthy eating habits lead to obesity and obesity leads to diabetes. And now, an ever increasing body of evidence points toward Type 3 diabetes being Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Obesity and Blood Clots
Obesity is a risk factor for blood clots in deep veins and for pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is a clot** **in the blood vessels of the lungs that can lead to sudden death. Obesity also increases the risk for chronic vein disease, a damage to the vein valves that can be caused by blood clots. This damage results in an inability to pump enough blood back to the heart, causing blood to pool in the legs.
5. Obesity and Cognitive Decline
People who are obese in middle age and have other metabolic risk factors such as high blood pressure can accelerate cognitive decline. The results of a study involving 6401 participants who were monitored over a ten year period showed subjects who were obese and had two or more risk factors suffered cognitive decline that was 22.5% faster than normal weight participants.
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