Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Being overweight can put you at an increased risk for many chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease (including high blood pressure), liver and kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. However, you don’t have to live with chronic conditions or with a high risk for chronic conditions. The good news is that your risk of developing any of these conditions can be lowered with at least a 5% decrease in your weight. For example, a person who weighs 200 lbs can reduce their risk for chronic conditions by losing at least 10 lbs.

If you are at risk for a chronic condition or suffering from a chronic condition, you don’t have to manage losing weight alone. Drs. Sanjiv and Sumedha Dalvi and their professional staff at Purple Lotus Aesthetics are committed to helping their clients achieve their goals in a healthy manner.

Research has shown that even a modest amount of weight loss can lead to good health outcomes. Losing weight can decrease levels of glucose, triglycerides, and insulin — all risk factors for conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Losing weight can also reduce the amount of visceral fat inside your body. Visceral fat is a type of fat that is located in your abdominal cavity and is not visible. It surrounds your internal organs, such as your liver and stomach. Visceral fat can increase your risk of liver and heart disease.

Carrying excess body weight causes your heart to work harder and can increase your risk of high blood pressure. While medication can help you manage your high blood pressure, losing a small percentage of your overall body weight is a more healthy way to reduce your numbers. In many cases, making small lifestyle changes such as losing weight can result in you being able to decrease the amount of medication you take or eliminate it entirely.

Losing weight to decrease your risk for chronic conditions doesn’t have to be difficult. Moderate forms of exercise, such as walking for 20 minutes a day, several days a week can have a strong impact on how much weight you lose. Also, managing your diet can help you lose enough weight to lower your risk for chronic conditions. Small changes to your diet like eating more colorful fruits and vegetables and decreasing foods high in saturated fats, in combination with exercise, can help you achieve your weight loss goals steadily but surely.

It’s often difficult to shed the weight by yourself, but Drs. Sanjiv and Sumedha Dalvi can give you the necessary encouragement and assistance to achieve your weight loss goals and lower your risk of developing numerous chronic health conditions. Please give us a call today at 910-208-6069 or book an appointment online to get started on your personalized path to better health.

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