Benefit of Weight Loss
Here are just a few, but important, weight loss benefits for you.
Control Your Diabetes
Prevent, treat, and, in some cases, resolve Type 2 diabetes. Complications associated with diabetes like blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease, and stroke risk decrease or can be controlled by losing weight.
Manage Your Risk for Heart Disease
Lower your cholesterol and high blood pressure, and control diabetes (if you have it) by losing weight. The result? You’ll decrease your heart disease risk. High cholesterol contributes to plaque buildup in your arteries and veins. High blood pressure puts stress on your heart and vascular system. Diabetes causes physical damage to your heart. Weight loss can control these risks often without, or with lower doses of, medications.
Experience fewer and less-severe asthma attacks. Increase your breathing tolerance for exercise as you lose weight.
Achieve Deep, Fulfilling Sleep
As you lose weight, sleep apnea symptoms (long pauses between breaths or shallow breaths) decrease dramatically. Your symptoms may even stop altogether.
Stop the Burn of Acid Re-flux Disease (GERD)
Excess fat around your belly creates pressure on your stomach. This contributes to gastroesophageal re-flux disease, which happens when stomach acid flows back up into your food pipe (esophagus) and throat. This causes uncomfortable burning and can damage the esophageal lining. Weight loss relieves this stomach pressure and usually stops acid reflux.
Relieve the Stress of Urinary Incontinence
Shedding excess pounds usually completely resolves this condition, which is the result of stress on the urinary system causing loss of bladder control and occasional urine leaks. In severe cases, corrective surgery for incontinence is available.
Release from Low Back Pain, Degenerative Disk Disease, and Degenerative Joint Disease
Your back, knees, hips, and ankles are weight-bearing joints, which means they support your body weight in sitting and standing positions. Losing weight greatly reduces the demands on these joints, thus relieving discomfort. Pain can decrease even if you have nerve irritation or structural damage.
Improve Your Fertility
Significant weight loss restores normal menstrual cycles, reduces high androgen levels, and reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Weight loss particularly helps reduce symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which contributes to infertility in many women.