If there is any health condition that we must not allow to get close to us, is being obese or overweight. You may take this casually but wait until you understand the endless chronic and fetal health accompaniments it comes with. The health complications associated with overweight and being obese are seriously life threatening. If you’re obese, you’re more likely to develop a number of potentially serious health problems. Doctor Dalal Akoury a weight loss professional and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is sharing with us some of the heath conditions associated with overweight and being obese as follows:
- High triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- Skin conditions, including poor wound healing
- Erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues
- Cancer, including cancer of the uterus, cervix, endometrium, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidney and prostate
- Gallbladder disease
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome a combination of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts
- Gynecologic problems, such as infertility and irregular periods
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition in which fat builds up in the liver and can cause inflammation or scarring
The gift of life is one that we can only live once. Anything that complicates the full enjoyment of life must be dealt with professionally and timely. When you’re obese for example, the quality of your quality of life may be lowered significantly. Despite the opportunities around you, you may not be able to do things you’d normally enjoy with ease and comfort. Take for instance participating in enjoyable activities like playing around with your young kids. This problem may also cause you to shy away from certain public places. It can also go to the extreme where obese people suffer from discrimination due to their condition. Besides these there are other weight-related issues that may affect the quality of life and they may include:
Being overweight or obese is not a crime and there are solutions for it. The first thing you need to do is to be open and talk to your health care provider in plain truth about your weight concerns. This is one of the best things you can do for your health. Therefore if you’re concerned about your weight, start by seeing your primary care provider and be ready for any options you may be given. The doctor in some cases may refer you to an obesity specialist, a behavioral counselor, and dietitian or nutrition specialist. The good news is that these entire specialist and many more are available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of Doctor Akoury. You can go ahead and make that very important phone call to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury today.
Having acknowledged that you have this problem and that you want to see changes in your life, it would be important that you take the lead role in this care program. One way to do this is by preparing for your appointment by detailing all your needs and goals for treatment. It is equally necessary that you write down a list of questions to ask such as:
- What eating or activity habits are likely contributing to my health concerns and weight gain?
- What can I do about the challenges I face in managing my weight?
- Do I have other health problems that are caused by obesity?
- Should I see a dietitian?
- Should I see a behavioral counselor with expertise in weight management?
- What are the treatment options for obesity and my other health problems?
- Is weight-loss surgery an option for me?
Be sure to let your health care provider know about any medical conditions you have and about any prescription or over-the counter medications, vitamins or supplements that you take.
During your appointment, your doctor or other health care provider is likely to ask you a number of questions about your eating, activity, mood and thoughts, and any symptoms you might have. You may be asked such questions as:
- What and how much do you eat in a typical day?
- How much activity do you get in a typical day?
- During what periods of your life did you gain weight?
- What are the factors that you believe affect your weight?
- How is your daily life affected by your weight?
- What diets or treatments have you tried to lose weight?
- What are your weight-loss goals?
- Are you ready to make changes in your lifestyle to lose weight?
- What do you think might prevent you from losing weight?
If you have time before your scheduled appointment, you can help prepare for the appointment by keeping a diet diary for two weeks prior to the appointment and by recording how many steps you take in a day by using a step counter (pedometer). You can also begin to make choices that will help you start to lose weight including the following:
- Beginning to make healthy changes in your diet – the changes may include eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reducing portion sizes. Remember to focus your energies on achievable, enjoyable changes and do not forget to eat breakfast.
- Tracking how much you’re eating or drinking each day – this will make you have a sense of how many calories you’re stocking. It’s easy to underestimate how many calories you actually take in every day. Bring this information with you to your appointment.
- Escalating your activity level – Just make effort of waking up and walking around your home more frequently. You don’t have to strain on this, you can start gradually if you aren’t in good shape or aren’t used to exercising. Remember that even a 10-minute daily walk can help. If you have any health conditions, or if you’re a man over age 40 or a woman over age 50, talk to doctor Akoury or your health provider before you start a new exercise program.