Obesity Related Conditions
Smart DIMENSIONS™ offers a compassionate program that provides comprehensive care and support before, during, and after bariatric surgery to help morbidly obese patients in Los Angeles and Orange County learn about obesity related conditions.
Obesity is a medical term used to describe patients who are more than 20% over their ideal weight. The excess weight of obesity puts many bodily organs under stress, leading to diabetes, osteoarthritis, breathing problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Research has proven that obesity increases your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, especially if you have a family history of diabetes. Diabetes is a medical concern because your body depends on blood sugar levels to function, and when these levels are out of balance, the condition can be life-threatening.
Obesity and excess weight place greater strain on your bones and joints. As a result, your body begins to break down, and you develop osteoarthritis, the most common disorder of the joints. The condition affects your hands, neck, back, knees, and hips, making movement difficult and painful. Patients with osteoarthritis typically cannot exercise regularly, which can lead to more weight gain.
Sleep apnea and asthma are the two most common breathing problems experienced by obese patients. Obesity affects your lung function and can even cause inflammation in your airway.
High Blood Pressure
Approximately one-quarter of all cases of high blood pressure are related to excess weight and obesity. The reason for this is that patients with excess weight, and especially those who are considered obese, have higher levels of fatty tissue that increases the resistance in their cardiovascular system. The heart has to work harder to pump blood, which elevates blood pressure to the point of hypertension.
Heart Attack and Stroke
The connection between obesity and heart attacks has only recently been viewed by the medical community as having a direct correlation. The relationship between obesity and heart attacks applies to both men and women.
The leading cause of stroke is high blood pressure, a condition that is frequently observed in obese patients. Like heart attacks, strokes are more likely in obese patients due to the higher levels of fatty tissue in the body.
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Contact Us About Obesity-Related Conditions
If you would like more information about obesity-related conditions, contact the Orange County bariatric surgery practice of Smart DIMENSIONS™. We proudly serve the Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino areas. Please call 714-861-4666 today to schedule your free initial consultation! Results may vary and we will help customize a solution specifically designed for you.