Long-Term Medical Issues Associated With Obesity

What exactly qualifies someone as overweight? In medical terms, an obese person is someone whose body mass index exceeds the measurement of thirty. It can be difficult to tell when someone is obese or morbidly obese which is why it is vital to have a medical evaluation. The good news is that long-term medical issues associated with obesity are preventable which is why we take an interdisciplinary approach to weight loss treatment. 

Here Are A Few Medical Conditions To Look Out For:  

1. Pulmonary Disease 

Obesity compresses the diaphragm, chest cavity, and lungs which will eventually lead to pulmonary damage. Studies have found that a correlation exists between pulmonary disease and how the body distributes its weight to the abdomen and chest areas.  

2. Heart Disease 

Having an abundance of weight increases the chances of you experiencing medical issues because of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It increases your risk of heart disease and strokes. With weight loss, however, they decrease which is why we advocate for medical weight loss intervention.

3. Osteoarthritis 

Commonly found in obese patients, osteoarthritis affects your back, hips, and knees because of the pressure to the joints and cartilage. Not only can we lower your weight, but we can manage the chronic pain while setting you on a path to weight loss and a pain-free lifestyle.  

4. Mental Health Disorders 

Research published in the Microbiome Journal found that unhealthy GI systems associate with both neurological and psychological conditions because of the disruption of microRNA molecules in the prefrontal cortex and amygdala of the brain which leads to a variety of mental health disorders. 

5. Gall Bladder Disease 

When overweight, your chances of experiencing gallstones and gallbladder disease are higher. You may also experience gallstones when losing weight which is why it is critical to seek medical care when losing more than one pound of weight each. 

6. Insomnia and Sleep Apnea 

 Sleeplessness and sleep apnea are common in overweight patients. According to research found on NCBI, issues like insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome are three of the most linked conditions to chronic health diagnoses. 

7. Gynecological Conditions 

Obesity has a profound effect on reproductive organs. Not only does it affect early puberty onset in children, but it has been found to impact fertility and polycystic ovary syndrome in adult patients. 

8. Cancer 

When a person is obese, there is a higher likelihood of breast, gallbladder, colon, kidney, ovary, and pancreatic cancers. Early prevention is critical, but weight reduction can also lead to prevention which is what our doctors strive to accomplish. 

9. Diabetes 

 The most common form of diabetes in obese patients is type II. With a nutritious diet, exercise, and regular sleep patterns, you lower your blood sugar levels which will also reduce the need for long-term medical intervention. 

 10. Gastro-Intestinal  

When an imbalance occurs in the gut microbiota, it will affect your physical and psychological well-being. The lining of your gastrointestinal system houses the enteric nervous system that, when imbalanced, creates medical issues in the GI tract, central nervous system, and the brain which is why you feel stress, irritability, and anxiety. It will also upset your immune system, nutritional intake, and mental health.  

Contact us for more information on our weight loss treatment plans and procedures which will lead to a new and happier you! 

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