5 Ways Obesity Can End Your Life Early
Obesity is more than just extra weight. It affects your whole body and increases the likelihood of countless other diseases that put you at risk for early death. Knowing how obesity affects your overall health is critical in understanding the disease and getting the right treatment.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, here are some ways Obesity affects your health and can lead to an early death.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is caused from a weak stomach which leads to acid leaking into your esophagus. People with obesity are more likely to suffer from GERD or chronic heartburn. Although heartburn isn’t necessarily fatal, chronic heartburn and or GERD increases your risk for esophageal cancer.
2. HEART DISEASE
Obesity increases your risk of heart disease including heart attacks and heart failure. Severe obesity is also associated with irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). These heart conditions can increase significantly the risk of cardiac arrest and death.
3. RESPIRATORY DISORDERS
People with obesity are at higher risk for respiratory infections and have reduced lung capacity. They are more likely to have asthma, sleep apnea, and other respiratory disorders.
Obesity is a major cause of type 2 diabetes. People with morbid obesity (BMI greater than 35) are about 10 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes. Multiple studies have shown diabetes can improve significantly or even achieve resolution after weight loss surgery (Bariatric surgery), which means diabetic patients can actually stop taking their diabetes medications
Obesity is believed to cause up to 90,000 cancer deaths per year. As body mass index (BMI) increases, so does the risk of cancer and death from cancer.
These are only 5 of the more than 80 different health problems caused by obesity, but the good news is there are ways to treat it and ensure you live your fullest life. Learn more about the surgical and non-surgical treatment options offered at Previty’s Fresh Start program here.