If you’re considering bariatric surgery to help you lose weight, but aren’t sure if this treatment would be right for you, then you may want to factor in the effects that being severely overweight can have on your health. Read on to learn about several prevalent, obesity-related medical conditions.
Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that affects that way in which your body can handle the glucose, or sugar, in your blood. Your pancreas is responsible for producing a hormone called insulin, which is what allows your cells to convert glucose into energy. Most individuals with diabetes have type 2, which means that although their pancreas can make insulin, their cells fail to use it effectively. This problem is referred to as insulin resistance, and it causes glucose to build up in your blood instead of being absorbed by your body.
The various forms of heart disease add up to make this condition the leading cause of death in the United States. Besides quitting smoking, controlling your blood pressure, and lowering your cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things that you can do to prevent heart disease from affecting your health.
Caused by the destruction of joint cartilage, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it leads to joint stiffness and pain. Although age and injury can both cause this condition, being obese can significantly increase your risk for osteoarthritis, as the added weight on your joints can cause your cartilage to wear away more rapidly.
Some individuals suffer from sleep that is interrupted or non-restorative due to breathing problems. People with sleep apnea often stop breathing throughout the night, and their bodies are forced to work harder to get oxygen as the body rests. If you are overweight, then you are at greater risk of developing sleep apnea.
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