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The Benefits Of Losing Weight

Apr 3, 2008
Losing weight has some great benefit to it. Though for most of us it might not be easy, the long term effects brought by losing weight would most often be of help. Most of the time shedding those unwanted and excess pounds is healthy.

Below are some convincing benefits that come with losing those excess pounds.

Among the greatest benefits are that Weight loss prevents high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Not that this is a three in one benefit from losing weight. Heart disease and stroke are one of the primary reasons for disability and death in both men and women in the US. It is a fact that people who are overweight have a higher risk to have high levels of cholesterol in their blood stream as well as triglycerides (also known as blood fat).

One type of heart disease called Angina, could cause chest pains as well as a decrease in the oxygen pumped to the heart.

Also with very little warning, signs or symptoms, sudden death occurs from heart disease and stroke, and usually this will always get you unprepared.

Luckily it is also a fact that by decreasing your weight by a mere five to ten percent, it could positively decrease the chances of you having or developing heart disease or a stroke. Plus, how your heart functions would also improve as well as your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride count will decrease.

A second benefit of losing weight is that it prevents type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is an insulin problem that puts in jeopardy one's life as well as how one leads his or her life because of the complications that result from having it. Both types of diabetes, type one and type two are linked with being overweight. To those who already have diabetes, regular exercise and losing weight could help in controlling your blood sugar levels as well as the medication you may be currently taking. To increase your physical activity, you could simply walk, jog or dance. It helps get those blood streams moving as well as loses those unnecessary pounds.

Thirdly, weight loss helps reduce your risk for cancer.

It is true that being overweight is linked with a number of kinds of cancer. Specially for women, the common types of cancer that is associated with being overweight include cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, ovary, breast, and colon. This is not meant to scare you, this is only to keep you informed. Men are at risk too from developing cancer if they are overweight. These include cancer of the colon, prostate and rectum. Extra weight, a diet high in fat and cholesterol should as much as possible be avoided.

Also weight loss can help in reducing sleep apnea.

Often with significant weight loss it could eliminate sleep apnea all together. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein one could temporarily stop breathing for a brief period and then would continue to snore heavily. Sleep apnea could cause drowsiness or sleepiness during the day and ,because of being overweight, could result in heart failure. Shedding those excess pounds could help in eliminating this problem.

Lastly weight loss reduces the pain of osteoarthritis and even mitigates against the condition.

When one weighs heavily, the joints of his or her knees, hips and lower back would have to exert double, if not triple, effort to carry him or her through out his/her waking, walking and moving life. This could cause tension and stress on these joints. Weight loss decreases the load these joints carry thus decreasing, if not eliminating, the pain of one who has osteoarthritis.
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