It is well-known that keeping your weight within a certain range offers a number of health benefits. However, we often lose sight of what exactly those benefits are and how our health can suffer when we are carrying excess pounds.
Problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, joint problems, and sleep apnea all have strong links to being overweight. These health conditions can be very destructive and costly but can be largely prevented by engaging in regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. Once they arise, they can be difficult to correct through diet and exercise alone. This is where our medically supervised weight management services come in.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a type of metabolic condition that leads to an accumulation of sugar or glucose in the bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes occurs due to a problem with metabolism. For some with type 2 diabetes they are required to take insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates sugar levels in your blood, since your body likes to keep levels within a certain range. When the insulin does not function correctly, blood sugar levels rise, which can damage your body. Lifestyle changes like getting more exercise and losing weight through our weight management services can help increase the effectiveness of insulin.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Another benefit of properly managing your weight is the prevention of heart disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Heart attacks occur when blood flow to your heart is prevented due to a blood clot. This loss of blood flow to the heart can cause heart muscles to die.
The effects of a stroke can be permanent if a large number of brain cells die because they do not receive adequate oxygen. Often, the patient is able to be rehabilitated when other parts of the brain take over the roles once performed by dead brain cells.
Joint Pain and Arthritis
Weight management is one of the best things you can do to prevent or minimize arthritis in your joints. When you are overweight or obese, you can put additional strain on your muscles and joints. This can eventually lead to a chronic deterioration of your joints, causing chronic pain.
It is never too late to begin a weight management program. Schedule a consultation at ProMD Health to learn more about your options. Even if you have already developed dysfunction due to weight gain, losing weight through our medically supervised program can minimize the effects and prevent further problems down the road. Contact us today to make an appointment in Baltimore or Washington DC!