An increased level of cholesterol your blood, which may cause fat deposits to buildup in the blood vessels. The deposits may then lead to lessened blood flow. Vital organs, such as your heart and brain, need this oxygen-rich blood to function normally. Without it, the risk of heart attack and stoke are heightened.
High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing again the walls of your arteries as your hearts pumps. When the pressure rises and remains high for a long period of time, it can cause damage to your heart, blood vessels and kidneys.
Gastric Reflux (GERD)
A chronic digestive disease which occurs when stomach acid or bile flow back into the esophagus. GERD is similar to acid reflux or heartburn, but is chronic in nature, as it generally occurs at least twice per week or enough to interfere with your daily activities.
A group of metabolic diseases in which you have high blood glucose (blood sugar). High blood glucose can occur due to inadequate insulin production, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin – sometimes both. Because obese people have high levels of visceral fat (belly fat), they have an increased risk of developing Type II Diabetes.
Low Back Pain
Pain or discomfort in the lower back.
Heavy, prolonged or irregular menstrual cycle.
Loss of bladder control due to weakened bladder muscles. When pressure is exerted on the bladder from sneezing, coughing, laughing, etc., the bladder muscles cannot withhold the force.
A condition resulting in a diminished or absent ability to produce offspring. Infertility in obese patients is believed to be related to disturbances in hormone levels, causing irregularities in ovulation and sperm production.
Pain or discomfort in the joints of the body.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
A common, yet serious and potentially life-threatening, sleep disorder in which your breathing temporarily stops during sleep due to blockage of the upper airway. The interrupted breathing pattern leads to many awakenings and a less restful night’s sleep.
A mood disorder characterized by overpowering episodes of low mood, low self-esteem and disinterest or loss in pleasure. You may feel preoccupied with thoughts of hopelessness.
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