Reasons To Lose Weight – Three Life-Saving Reasons
Weight loss! That is at the top of most people’s minds today. This is probably for good reason because the current obesity rate is 42.4% and expected to be 51% in 2030. With almost one in every two people walking around the country today classified as obese, this is not just a minor issue but probably the biggest problem facing humanity today.
There are many reasons to lose weight, not just the three listed in this article. Some may have more importance than others, but all have some validity and will show benefits. Some of these reasons range from food taste better, better memory, less joint pain from reduced levels of weight carried, better sleep, fewer allergies, glowing skin, better moods, and arthritis relief.
Not that these are not enough reasons with great benefits to lose weight, but three reasons, in particular, are life-changing. The three reasons are lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower A1C (prediabetes or diabetes), which can save your life. All three of these stem from weight, but once all three are present simultaneously, they cause more significant problems.
High Blood Pressure
Obesity causes the heart to work harder to push blood to the extremities, which in turn causes higher blood pressure. The additional weight causes a restriction of blood flow to the extremities making it more difficult for the blood to do its job. The extra weight interferes with circulation by reducing blood flow to the extremities and making the heart work harder to make up for this.
In straightforward terms, the fat gets in the way of the blood flow, making the heart work harder to compensate for this and increases blood pressure as a side effect. Unfortinualy, the more extra weight, the greater the interference with circulation.
Approximately one-quarter of all high blood pressure cases are directly attributed to weight alone. That is just weight by itself causes 25% of high blood pressure. Also, high blood pressure accounts for most doctor’s visits, which leads to the highest amount of prescriptions.
Blood pressure meds are made to relax the blood vessels, get rid of excess water in the body, or block nerve activity that can restrict blood flow. None of this has to do with excess fat blocking circulation.
Obesity has a direct impact on cholesterol levels for many different reasons. There is a tremendous amount of science and studies around this topic. To keep this straightforward and not go overboard with the science, simply put the liver produces cholesterol for the good of your body, then it collects the bad cholesterol to be filtered out. When obesity (fat) comes into play, the additional fat causes issues with the collection and filtering out process.
Without proper collection and filtering out of the bad cholesterol, it remains inside the body and increases the total cholesterol levels. Reducing weight allows the collection and filtering process to balance out and work properly. Cholesterol meds suppress the production of cholesterol. This is good for lowering total cholesterol levels but does not correct the imbalance issues that extra fat causes.
A1C is the level of blood sugar and hemoglobin in the bloodstream. A number below five and lower from an A1C test is an indication of normal. Between 5 and 7 is a sign of pre-diabetic. And anything above seven is considered diabetic.
Weight issues are attributed to insulin resistance and diabetes. Again there’s lots of science and studies around this topic. For the sake of this article will keep it simple in the explanation. Essentially, fat gets in the way of insulin performing the job that it is supposed to do. This job is to level off and maintain sugar levels within the body. The additional fat cells absorb the insulin, which prevents it from maintaining sugar levels.
This process can then cause insulin resistance, which is when the body produces more insulin but with lower effects because of the fat getting in the way. This makes the body less receptive to insulin because it is getting lower benefits over the long run, which allows blood sugar levels to go unchecked.
These are three simple benefits of weight loss. Each of them has a direct impact on your health and well-being. The issue becomes each of these harms the body by themselves. But when the three are combined, each of them increases the effects of the other. This causes a compounding effect, which puts additional stress on the body. Let’s take a closer look.
Obesity causes high blood pressure due to the restriction of blood flow by the interference fat. But what impacts do high cholesterol and diabetes have on high blood pressure? Cholesterol is a waxy substance that travels through the cardiovascular system. The waxy substance can build up and block the oxygen-carbon exchange, which is the normal process of getting oxygen to the extremities and replacing that with carbon dioxide to be set back to the lungs to be exhaled out. Cholesterol build-up prevents this exchange from correctly happening and makes the heart work harder to push oxygen out, increasing blood pressure rates.
Diabetes has many effects on the organs, and that it essentially breaks the organs down and, if not treated, and can lead to complete organ failure. Diabetes does two things to the cardiovascular system. It constricts the arteries and blood vessels, making them smaller, making it harder to push blood through, and increase blood pressure rates.
It also hardens the arteries. If you try to paint a flexible wall, it’s not possible because as the wall flexes, the paint comes right off. But when the wall is very hard, the paint sticks, coats, and seals the wall. The same thing is happening in the cardiovascular system when diabetes hardens the arteries; it allows the cholesterol to coat the cardiovascular system, which adds to higher blood pressure.
Diabetes has a negative effect on the liver and the LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol, within your body. With high sugar levels present, the liver is not functioning correctly, and triglyceride levels, LDL increase, HDL, good cholesterol, and decrease. The overall impact is higher cholesterol levels, especially on the bad side, which is LDL.
High blood pressure and diabetes go hand-in-hand with diabetes harming the cardiovascular system by hardening the arteries, forcing the heart to work harder to circulate blood throughout the system.
As you can see, this trio of symptoms, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high A1C, can and are life-altering by themselves. When the three become present together, it is triple the impact plus the compounding effect each one has on each other. This is known as metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition defined as a cluster of elements combined. When there are three of the five elements combined together, the medical community defines this as metabolic syndrome. The five elements are obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and the nice way of saying insulin resistance allowing A1C levels to achieve pre-diabetic or diabetic levels, AKA diabetes.
As described in the article above, there are many benefits to losing weight. All of which has merit and a good reason to go through the weight loss process. However, the three main reasons are to reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. These three elements are consuming us at an alarming rate. We must get a grip on these three health issues, all caused by obesity, to sustain a healthy and good life quality.