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Obesity and Your Overall Health

A lot of research studies have proven that if a person has a bad immunity system, then the chances of them getting any number of infections increases greatly. One cause of a bad immune system is a diet that consists mostly of fat and sugar. The reason for the higher chances of infections is that this type of diet will more than likely raise your blood sugar levels or cause oxidative damage.

Oxidative damage is an overproduction of reactive oxygen species compared to the body’s ability to detoxify cells. When this type of damage happens, the chance of you getting an infection increases. If you do not have enough protein in your diet, that can do damage to your body as well.

If a person does not take in enough protein, they are at risk of getting protein-energy malnutrition, and it will do a lot of damage to their immune system. Some people believe that malnutrition is caused by not having a proper diet.  For this reason, deficiencies can very well happen for any person with a bad diet, no matter how much they weigh. There are many physical problems that obesity and one of them is diabetes.

Being overweight and not exercising much can be a contributing factor to type two diabetes. Both of them make a person’s system insulin-resistant. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Being resistant to insulin results in high blood sugar levels. Obesity can also be a determining factor in heart disease.

People that are obese are more likely to get heart disease because the arteries that supply the heart with blood become narrow because there is an accumulation of fatty deposits. The result is less blood flowing to the heart, and this can cause heart disease, heart attacks, and the forming of blood clots that may cause a stroke. Obesity can also cause infertility for obese women in comparison to women that are of normal weight or are overweight. Joint pain and arthritis are also caused by obesity.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and takes place when a joint’s cartilage breaks down. Cartilage is needed because it protects the joints. Non-alcohol fatty liver disease is when the amount of fat in the liver cells goes up, which, in turn, may cause inflammation and scarring of the tissue.

In the worst of cases, an excess of scarred tissues may bring on cirrhosis, a very bad condition that may result in liver failure or liver cancer. Sleep apnea is also caused by obesity. When obstructive sleep apnea happens, the muscles in the throat relax, which narrows the airway and restricts airflow, which causes a person to stop breathing for small amounts of time, and it wakes them up.

The inability to get a good night’s sleep for a long period of time can result in being tired during the day, depression, high blood pressure, and weight gain. The reason that obesity can result in obstructive sleep apnea because the extra weight on the neck can place pressure on the throat muscles, which causes obstructed airways and snoring.

Along with the physical reasons, having no problems with obesity can result in people feeling better about themselves. This can lead to good emotional health which can affect your physical health as well. Therefore, not being obvious not only has an effect on our overall physical health but our overall emotional health as well.

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