Having too much weight for a long time can have many very bad health issues, such as Stroke, High Blood Pressure, different types of diabetes, and Osteoarthritis. Statistics say that 2 out of every 3 people are overweight. Some of us are even severely overweight…obese. Why does carrying extra weight matter? It matters because it jeopardizes our good health and our very lives. Many of us are motivated to lose weight because we hope to look better. That’s a normal aspiration, but looking good is not as significant as our health.

A stroke is described as when there is an interference in normal blood flow through the brain. Most typically the interference resulted from a clot which blocked blood flow. When the blood flow has been blocked, there is no oxygen flowing to an area, and the brain tissue in that area dies. Whatever parts of the body were controlled by the deprived area will be affected. A stroke can cause you to lose your ability to walk, speak, move, or even think.

When someone has high blood pressure it can lead to brain damage, heart disease, and kidney failure. Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure. When the heart has to work too hard to do its job, it will become enlarged. Enlarged bicep muscles may be good…enlarged heart muscle is not!

Some people who are overweight are more likely to have insulin resistance, because fat interferes with the body’s ability to use insulin. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses insulin. Insulin is needed to move blood sugar (glucose) into cells, where it is stored and later used for energy. With Diabetes Mellitus the body does not respond correctly to insulin, as a result, blood sugar does not get into cells and creates a build up in the blood, hence giving you Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

Being too severely overweight is a serious condition that can not be taken lightly. Aside from the organic problems, you will also develop mechanical abnormalities involving joint degradation. Osteoarthritis is a commonly called “wear and tear” arthritis because it results from years of too much pressure on joints. Obesity leads to more weight (pressure) on the joints and joints such as the knees will eventually wear down. Joint pain and swelling results from bone-on-bone contact. There are many more conditions that develop or worsen because of excess body fat. The umbrella effect is reduced life expectancy.

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