Obesity and Illness in Adults

by Peter Harris - Date: 2008-11-10 - Word Count: 367 Share This!

The relationship between obesity and illness in adults has been shown to be a worldwide epidemic.  Obesity and illness can be seen around the globe.  Being overweight can effect anyone from any walk of life - men or women, rich or poor, adult or child.  No one is immune from this "disease" and the more you educate yourself about the problem of obesity the better your chances of avoiding falling victim to it. 

Obesity has been linked as a major risk factor to several life-threatening illnesses.  These illnesses that have been associated with obesity include (but are not limited to) cardiovascular disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

Cardiovascular disease can include heart attack, blocked arteries that can lead to a heart attack, congestive heart failure, and arrythmias (irregular heartbeats).

Hypertension is the same as high blood pressure.  Normally your blood pressure should be in the range of 120/80.  This is not set in stone and some people's blood pressure will be higher or lower than this.  What's important is that your doctor is monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis to assess for any abnormal changes.  If this occurs they may prescribe medication to help control your blood pressure.  Exercise and proper diet can also help control your blood pressure.  High blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Stroke is also know as a CVA.  This means you have had a bleed on the brain that can destroy brain tissue and lead to areas of paralysis in your arms, legs or both.  It can also affect your ability to speak, to understand speech, to eat and cause memory problems.  Obesity can predispose you to having a CVA or stroke.

Diabetes is a disease that affects the level of sugar in a persons body.  When sugar levels become to high or to low it can have serious affects on how a person's body functions leading to more serious health problems that can affect your vital organs including your heart, kidneys, cardiovascular system and brain.  Diabetes can also lead to circulatory problems that can affect the central nervous system and cause serious problems in the legs that can sometimes lead to amputation. 

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Peter Harris is a health care professional that promotes health and wellness to his clients by writing frequently about diet, exercise and nutrition.

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