Why You Should Consider Losing Weight

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Carrying an excessive amount of weight is hard on the body. It can have a devastating impact on the heart because the heart must force blood throughout the entire body 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many people want to shed a few pounds to get their "summer beach body". For others, losing weight may save their lives. Even losing ten to twenty pounds may be enough to create a healthier lifestyle.

Losing unnecessary pounds can reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes and heart disease are two of the biggest killers in the United States when it comes to individuals who are overweight. The higher a person's weight, the higher their risk of being diagnosed with a chronic illness like Type 2 diabetes or congestive heart failure.

Carrying extra pounds is extremely hard on the joints. Being overweight increases a person's risk of inflammatory diseases that effects the joints. Osteo and rheumatoid arthritis can be aggravated by constantly carrying around unneeded pounds. The heavier a person is, the less active they are. When a chronic, inflammatory condition presents itself, remaining active is one of the ways that physical therapists use to help control the pain and discomfort.

Individuals who are overweight also have a higher risk of contracting some form of cancer. It is estimated that a heavy person is 40% more likely to be diagnosed with one of the seven most common types of cancer, including bowel, breast, pancreas, throat, kidney, uterine and gall bladder. Losing weight and receiving regular cancer screenings will help detect various types of cancers in their earliest stages. Getting regular checkups and having yearly cancer screenings can save your life.


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