Answers to common obesity questions.

How does obesity affect someone’s health ?

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Being obese can cause a variety of health issues, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Obesity-related health problems adults can face include:

  • abnormal levels of blood fats
  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • coronary heart disease
  • diabetes
  • gallstones
  • gout
  • high blood pressure
  • metabolic syndrome
  • obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • reproductive problems
  • respiratory disease
  • sleep apnea
  • stroke

Can weight loss surgery resolve someone’s health issues?

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Weight loss surgery can help improve many obesity-related health issues, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS).

Some conditions weight loss surgery has been shown to improve include:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure

Many people who have weight loss surgery end up taking less medication to treat obesity-related conditions also, according to the ASMBS.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how weight loss surgery can affect health issues.

What is benign obesity?

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Benign obesity is a term sometimes used to describe a condition in which someone is overweight or obese but does not suffer from any other co-morbidities, such as diabetes and hypertension,

Is the concept of benign obesity misleading?

The idea of benign obesity is misleading because even if a person currently has no co-morbid conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, they deal with in addition to obesity, they can still have problems down the road.

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The long-term effect of carrying around extra weight can lead to heart attack, stroke and dying prematurely.

What is obesity with comorbidities?

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Obesity as a disease can cause people to develop other conditions that can be equally as dangerous and deadly, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Some comorbidities of obesity, according to the NIH, include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Hypertension
  • Insulin resistance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Variety of cancers, including colorectal, prostate, endometrial, breast and gallbladder

Battling obesity along with comorbidities can be a burden because the comorbid conditions worsen the difficulties and predicted outcome of the disease.

What is obesity without comorbidities?

While it is not common, it is possible to suffer from obesity without having any known comorbidities.

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Though comorbid conditions – such as diabetes, osteoporosis, sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease – might not be apparent at first, over time, they can become issues.

Over time, the extra weight of obesity takes a toll on the body, which can eventually cause comorbidities to arise

How does sugar affect someone’s health?

Though sugar itself isn’t bad for people, consuming too much has become a norm that can cause health issues.

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The only type of sugar the body needs is glucose, which it can make by breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats, according to the NIH.

Studies have found that excess sugar in food can cause obesity and cardiovascular problems, according to the NIH.

For more information about sugar and your health, talk with your physician.

Can artificial sweeteners cause someone to crave sweet foods?

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Though artificial sweeteners are marketed to help keep you from eating and drinking too much sugar, they might be making your craving for sweets even stronger, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Studies have shown it is possible that the very strong sweet taste of artificial sweeteners can lead people to have a “sweet tooth,” according to the NIH.

This can lead to overeating and eating sugary sweets you might have otherwise avoided, according to the NIH.

However, more studies need to be done to determine the specific connection between artificial sweeteners and craving sweets, according to the NIH.

For more information about artificial sweeteners and your health, talk with your physician.

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