Did you know that Obesity is a disease?
Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for developing other diseases and aggravates existing medical conditions. The good news is, weight loss has been shown to improve medical condtions and eliminate certain medications.
Frequently asked questions
Question: If I lost weight, would it make a difference in my high blood pressure or the medication I take to treat it?
Yes, weight loss actually helps reduce high blood pressure - sometimes to a level where you could reduce or even eliminate your blood pressure medication entirely.
Question: I have diabetes. Can losing weight lower my blood sugar?
Yes, losing weight can lower your blood sugar if you have type 2 diabetes. Just a 10% weight loss can greatly effect your blood sugar and possibly minimize your use of diabetic medications.
Question: Can I lower my high cholesterol by losing weight?
Yes, you can boost your chances of lowering your cholesterol with a three-prong approach: modify your fat intake, exercise regularly and lose weight.
Question: Can being overweight make me more susceptible to cancer?
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for many different cancers, including colon, breast and endometrial cancer.
Question: Could my excess weight be the reason I've been unsuccessful in getting pregnant ?
Obesity can be a risk factor for infertility and weight loss can often improve success of conception.
Question: Is my excess weight ruining my joints?
It's difficult for the natural cushions in our joints to withstand extra body weight. Losing weight can reduce the wear and tear on your joints.
Question: I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, which causes me to snore and sometimes stop breathing during sleep. Will it help if I lose weight?
For those with sleep apnea, even modest weight reduction may alleviate the need for long-term therapy or upper-airway surgery.
Question: I suffer from a lot of back problems. Would losing weight alleviate the pain?
If you carry your extra pounds around your abdomen, this can put excess stress on your back muscles. Losing weight and strengthening your abdominal muscles can greatly relive discomfort.
Question: If I'm overweight, does that increase my risk for developing heart disease?
The occurrence of cardiovascular disease increases as your body mass index rises with increased weight gain. Losing weight may be one of the best ways to control or reduce cardiovascular disease.