Tag Archives: Diabetes And Heart Disease

Weight loss

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity

Life threatening diseases

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity can only be removed with change in lifestyle

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity: Major threats of obesity

There are very many life-threatening diseases across the globe. These diseases come in different ways. Among the many ways, overweight has also been sighted as a major cause. This is what we want to interrogate and bring out the facts professionally. We are going to rely on the expertise of doctor Dalal Akoury MD President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center to bring this to perspective. The World Health Organization has classified life-threatening diseases linked to obesity as follows:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Conditions associated with insulin resistance, such as type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of cancers, especially hormonally related and large-bowel cancer
  • Gallbladder disease

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity: Cardiovascular disease

Coronary heart disease is accountable for significant morbidity and mortality in aging patients of about 65 years and above. It’s the primary cause of mortality in the US where up to 84% of persons aged 65 years and more die from this disease. Managing this disease is simple yet many still fall prey to it. Just by feeding on a healthy diet is all you need to be healthy. Obesity is the major fundamental factor contributing to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and is also related to multiple other ASCVD risk factors including elevated blood pressure, hypertriglyceridemia, low high-density lipoproteins, high cholesterol, and high fasting plasma glucose.

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity: Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in older adults. It occurs as a result of the interplay between genetic factors and environmental factors that contribute to obesity. A very insignificant weight gain can increase a person’s risk of diabetes by 50%. Coronary disease is the most evident and lethal sequel of type 2 diabetes. Lean muscle mass begins to weaken after the age of 65. This shrinkage may be related to a reduction in physical activity, disability, anabolic hormone production, or increased cytokine activity and if calorie intake remains at the same rate while the muscle mass decreases, then the older person will most likely experience fat weight gain.

The chief goal for obese diabetic persons is to avoid the common cardiovascular sequel. The effect of inactive behavior like watching television, in relation to risk of type 2 diabetes has been a subject of study and the findings were positive that the time spent watching TV is closely related to the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity: Cancer

Obesity is also connected to higher rates of certain types of cancer like:

  • Breast cancer in older women is progressively being linked to obesity. Several major cancers, including breast (postmenopausal), colon, kidney, and esophageal, have been linked to obesity and physical inactivity.
  • Obese men have increased the risk of suffering from cancer of the colon, rectum, or prostate, than those who are not obese.
  • Cancer of the gallbladder, uterus, cervix, or ovaries is more common in women who are obese compared with women who are not obese.
  • It is important that proper management mechanism of obesity be established to reduce the incidences of these cancers.

Finally, looking at the magnitude of the problems attached. You can’t afford to waste any time in seeking for a solution. Your starting point should be by calling on doctor Akoury now. Your health must be given the first priority now if we want to raise a healthy generation tomorrow.

Life threatening diseases linked to obesity: Major threats of obesity


Cancer and weight

Heart functions and the threat of obesity

Heart functions

Heart functions and the threat of obesity demands that we must make all efforts of kicking obesity out of our lives

Heart functions and the threat of obesity: Overweight and Obesity

The heart is such a special organ in the body which needs lots of care. Anything affecting the heart leaves a scar and scare not just to the individual victim, but to the whole family. When this happens, the heart functions are hindered and the family programs equally come to a halt at times. Our focus in this article is going to be on poor weight management as a tool that can affect the heart functions badly. We are going to be seeking the professional input of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President, and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center over this so that we are precise and professional. We are all alive because we bear some weight. Weight is a component in life that we cannot ignore but like in any other good thing under the earth, when its application is done in excess it becomes dangerous. In the same way as human beings we must have the certain degree of weight from all the good reason however when weight is in excess, it becomes a problem to the human body and hence the saying “too much of something is dangerous”.

Like we have said the heart is such an important organ in the body and its functions must be perfect, regular and consistent all the times. Let’s, therefore, acquaint ourselves with the definitions of certain terms for a better understanding of our point of discussion. The terms “overweight” and “obesity” refer to body weight that’s beyond what is considered healthy for a given height. It is believed that in America alone, more than two-thirds of the adult population are overweight with about one-third of these adults being obese. Overweight and obesity are measured by the use of body mass index (BMI). For an adult, the normal weight is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 anything 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight while a BMI of 30 and more is obese.

Heart functions and the threat of obesity: Health risk involved

Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of CHD and heart attack. This is mainly because when it comes to the relationship between obesity and heart failure it’s always very complicated. Obesity is intimately interwoven with multiple health conditions that underlie cardiovascular disease including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and
  • Abnormal blood cholesterol

Away from all this, being overweight is a common consequence of heart-damaging lifestyles like lack of exercise and a fat-laden diet. For some time now, scientists have suspected that excess fat tissue, especially around the waist, has a direct effect on heart structure and function, even without the association of other heart disease risks. In pursuing this philosophy, researchers evaluated some 950 older individuals of different weights for signs of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction a condition characterized by changes in the structure of the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle), which prevent it from filling sufficiently between beats. Although LV diastolic dysfunction can be symptomless, it reliably predicts future heart failure. (Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle weakens or stiffens to the extent that it can no longer meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.)

In this study, the subjects were separated into three weight groups that are normal, overweight, and obese based on their body-mass index (BMI). Each subject underwent a noninvasive echocardiogram exam to measure the dimensions of the heart, muscle thickness and filling capacity of the left ventricle. It was then established that the overweight and obese participants were more prone to abnormal diastolic function than the normal weight individuals. Nonetheless when the researchers controlled for the effects of the other risks, the overweight, and obese subject still had up to a 60% higher chance of having LV diastolic dysfunction. It also made a difference how much extra body fat the person carried. The risk of abnormal heart function went up 4% for each point increase in BMI measurement. Looking at the dangers attached, timely professional help is highly recommended and scheduling an appointment with doctor Akoury should be your starting point.

Heart functions and the threat of obesity: Overweight and Obesity


stem cell therapy for dogs

Coronary heart complications and diabetes

Coronary heart complications

Coronary heart complications and diabetes can be avoided if we refrain from drugs and alcohol.

Coronary heart complications and diabetes: The known effects

Diabetes is a serious factor in causing coronary heart complications. People who are struggling with diabetes are more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those without diabetes. Understanding the relationship between diabetes and coronary heart complications becomes very important for all patients to enable them take the most appropriate action in keeping healthy. And just for further illustration, from the various studies, experts have established that established that diabetes causes high levels of glucose in the blood and when this happens, it impacts negatively on the walls of the arteries causing them to develop fatty deposits commonly known as atheroma. If this atheroma is allowed to build up in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart) the individual patient affected is likely to develop coronary heart disease which can eventually cause heart attack and angina says doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. Now let us try to understand diabetes better in the context of causing coronary heart disease.

Coronary heart complications: Types of diabetes

We have two common types of diabetes namely:

Type 1 diabetes happens when the body lucks the capacity to produce insulin. This type of diabetes is very common with the children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body can’t produce enough insulin or the insulin doesn’t work properly. Type 2 diabetes is more common and tends to develop gradually as people get older usually after the age of 40. This type of diabetes is closely associated with being overweight, being physically inactive and having a family history of diabetes. Like most people in the south Asia origin and African Caribbean are associated with higher rates of diabetes. Nonetheless when diabetes is present, the most important thing is how to eliminate it and reduce the risk of other complications that come with it. Therefore you can effectively reduce your risk of developing diabetes by controlling your weight and doing regular physical activity.

The great news is that doing these things will also make you less likely to develop other cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart complications/disease and stroke as well as being great for your general mental and physical wellbeing. Whenever we mention engagement in physical activities many people do wonder how and whether they will achieve their set objectives. If this describes you then you need not to worry for you are not alone. The most important thing to do is to resolve to take the first step of acknowledgement and willingness to lose. When this is done you can now seek for a more professional help from doctor Dalal Akoury MD who will take you through the best and natural weight lose exercises in the most professional way that will leave you much healthier. Remember that by losing weight and being active, you will be succeeding in solving several health complications as already mention.

Coronary heart complications and diabetes: The known effects




Obesity addiction

Heart protection if struggling with diabetes

Heart protection

Heart protection if struggling with diabetes can seriously be hindered if you don’t engage in physical activities

Heart protection if struggling with diabetes: Proper blood sugar control

For effective heart protection, experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury says that it is important that if you have diabetes, then controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be prioritized to help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. To do this you can chose to:

  • To more physical activity
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Control your weight, and
  • Stop up smoking.

If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you may also need to take a cholesterol-lowering medicine such as statins to help protect your heart.

Family history

If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, you have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Ideally you will be considered to have a family history of cardiovascular disease if:

  • Your father or brother was under the age of 55 when they were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or
  • Your mother or sister was under the age of 65 when they were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

Doctor Akoury says that if you have family history of cardiovascular disease, it will be very important that you consult with your doctor in good time for professional evaluation which may include checking on your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Heart protection if struggling with diabetes: How does family history affect me?

Genes can pass on the risk of cardiovascular disease, and they can also be responsible for passing on other conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. There’s no single gene that increases your risk of getting heart disease. It’s likely that several genes are responsible. Lifestyle habits, such as smoking or poor diet passed on from one generation to the next can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Heart protection if struggling with diabetes: Can I do anything about my family history?

This is very important but unfortunately there is nothing you can do about your family history. Having a family history of cardiovascular disease is sometimes called a ‘non-modifiable’ risk factor meaning that it’s a risk factor that you can’t change. However, whilst you can’t change your family’s background, you can choose your lifestyle.  So even if you have a family history, you can reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease by controlling other risk factors by:

  • Being physically active
  • Eating well
  • Keeping to a healthy weight and body shape
  • Not smoking
  • Managing high blood pressure
  • Managing high cholesterol, and
  • Controlling diabetes, if you have it.

Finally your risk of developing cardiovascular disease also depends on other things including your age. According to the several research findings, it has been established that the older you are, the more likely you are to develop cardiovascular disease. Therefore it is advisable that you be on top of everything when it comes to protecting your health. Talking to the experts is one way of being in the know. I would want to beseech you to call the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for a comprehensive review of your health and treatment where is applicable.

Heart protection if struggling with diabetes: Proper blood sugar control





weight loss

High blood pressure consequences

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is as a result of poor weight management. Using good nutrition this can be corrected

High blood pressure consequences: Heart attack and Stroke

Having high blood pressure increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Even though this is a life threatening condition, it is regrettable that no proper reason is given as to how high blood pressure is caused. However it is believed that the following can play a part:

  • Luck of adequate physical activity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having too much salt in your diet
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Having a family history of high blood pressure.

Doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also the founder of AWAREmed Health and wellness Resource Center says that prevention is always the best and therefore if you are not having high blood pressure, living a healthy lifestyle is very important as it is one of the best ways of preventing this problem from occurring in the future. This may seem very challenging to many people because of different reasons. If this suits your description, then you may want to consult with doctor Akoury for more professional guidance.

How does my General Practitioner know I have high blood pressure?

Like we had said before, this is measurable and your doctor will do just that. If your blood pressure is 140/90mmHg or higher you will probably have to have this rechecked several times. It is necessary to note that everyone’s blood pressure varies during the day. Some people have a condition known as ‘white coat hypertension’ or ‘white coat syndrome’. This is a condition where your blood pressure rises only because someone is taking your blood pressure, and not because you have an underlying medical problem. If you have white coat hypertension, your blood pressure will return to normal when your doctor or stops taking it. It can be very difficult to diagnose and this is why you may need to have your blood pressure rechecked several times, or you may be sent home with a 24 hour blood pressure monitor for the same reason.

High blood pressure consequences: What do the numbers mean?

If you have been to a health institution for high blood pressure measurement, you must have noticed that every blood pressure reading consists of two figures shown as one number on top of the other and measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). A reading of 120/80mmHg for example doctor or nurse will register that your blood pressure is 120 over 80. The interpretation of the figures is that the top figure represents the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart contracts and pumps blood through your arteries – your systolic blood pressure. An example might be 130mmHg. The second (or bottom) number represents the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats – your diastolic blood pressure. An example might be 75mmHg. Not unless stated otherwise the human blood pressure should be below 140/90mmHg.  But as for those struggling with heart or circulatory disease the recommended blood pressure should be below 130/80mmHg.

What do I do to reduce blood pressure?

Finally if it has been established that you have high blood pressure, then it would be advisable that you consider changing your lifestyle and engaging in healthy physical activities, losing weight, reducing the salt content in your diet, cutting down on alcohol and eating a balanced, healthy diet. In the event that you have done all these and still the high blood pressure persists, then you may need to consult with your doctor for professional advice to help you reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

High blood pressure consequences: Heart attack and Stroke