It seems like weight loss in Lutz is on everyone’s minds nowadays. Everyone wants to lose weight for one reason or another but what is the real important reason? Weight loss is more than “looking good”, being able to fit into your old pair of jeans, or getting ready for bikini season. Weight loss is more about your health and your lifespan than anything else. Our weight affects a lot more than just our outward appearance. Our joint health, quality of sleep, immune systems and risk during surgery are also affected.
Your Joint and Bone Health
The health of your joints and bones is an important reason to lose weight and improve your movement daily. These are some things that you can benefit from almost immediately. Your knees and elbows are affected by osteoarthritis, a joint disease that causes the loss of cartilage and gradually destroy the bones of joints. Healthy people don’t think much about this, however it is very common. Aging plays a big factor in osteoarthritis. We tend to think it is normal because everyone gets old and every old person seems to have joint problems, however osteoarthritis is a vicious cycle. Obesity increases the probability of you having osteoarthritis. You would think that it is due to the heavy weight being put on the joints and those joints decaying overtime, but there is also a relationship between excess fat tissue and inflammation. Osteoarthritis comes from the excess joint load and the inflammatory chemicals and hormonal environment having to deal with so much body fat.
Sleep apnea is what happens when you stop breathing while you are sleeping. Fat in your airway decreases the space that allows for proper breathing while you sleep. Fat on your upper body increases the weight on your lungs and also reduces the space available for them to expand while you sleep and breathe. Sleep plays a major role in your metabolism; if you’re not sleeping well, your metabolism is at risk.
Your Immune System
With an increased body mass index, the more body fat that you have you are at a greater risk of infectious disease including gum infections, nose and sinus infection, herpes and stomach infections. Having a large amount of fat can release large quantities of chemicals that will interfere with the body’s ability to actually stop outside infections because it builds up an immunity.
A person with a lot of body fat is harder to intubate, is at more of a risk of an incisional hernia, has a longer operation time when surgery is performed and has a higher risk of complications after surgery. Surgery on obese people is very risky. Often times, heavier people need more surgeries which makes this a vicious cycle.
Some ways to reduce your risk of all of these factors is to make incremental changes. Start making changes in your daily activities and eating habits slowly to form healthy routines. It is also good to think about the actual benefits of living a healthier life. You will have knees and joints that don’t hurt anymore, you would not be as sick, you will be able to get a good nights sleep, and be less at risk for complicated surgeries.
It is clear to see that weight loss has a lot more benefits than just looking good, fitting into your clothes and getting ready for bathing suit season.
Contact your Lutz FL weight loss specialist Dr Barbara Pacholec today to put a game plan in place to improve yourself both inside and out!