Why you need to maintain a healthy weight

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: being overweight has a serious impact on your health. I know that you know this, but it’s important to know what effect your weight has on your body in order to make a truly informed decision on whether you want to do anything about it. The top three things associated with obesity are type II diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

This post is not designed to scare you, after all everyone is different and may or may not be affected by different things throughout their lives. Additionally, the below information can be caused by a number of factors – but statistics show that your weight will affect the probability of developing these three ailments.

Type II Diabetes

Family history plays a big part in the probability of a person having type II diabetes but if you are not very active, have quite a bit of fat around your waist and a poor diet, your risk is increased. The disease causes blood sugar levels to be higher than average. Amputation, blindness and heart disease can happen as a result of high blood sugar. Being overweight may mean that your body cannot make enough insulin, which is when you will have to control your diabetes with diet, exercise and taking note of your blood glucose levels; which can be a pain to say the least, and a lifelong task!

High Blood Pressure

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is the strength of the blood being pushed through your arteries.

According to the NHS, a blood pressure reading between 120/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg could mean you're at risk of developing high blood pressure if you don't take steps to keep your blood pressure under control.

The condition can lead to all sorts of unwanted illnesses like heart failure and kidney disease. So keep it under control by drinking less coffee, reduce salt intake, exercise, stop smoking and get at least six hours of sleep every night!

Heart Disease

It's responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the UK each year (NHS). Heart disease covers a number of issues to do with the heart. It’s usually to do with your body’s blood supply being blocked with hardened blood vessels or a build-up of fatty substances.

If you’re overweight, this may increase your risk and in addition, having excess weight causes your heart to work harder. You can counteract this by losing 5 to 10 per cent of weight – so if you weigh 200lbs, you only need to lose 10lbs to help you help yourself (niddk.nih.gov).

Like Diabetes, heart disease cannot be cured but can be managed with lifestyle changes.

Eileen Larder, Independent Weight Plan Consultant

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