Importance of Losing Weight

If you’re coping with obesity, it is vital to your health to lose weight due to the number of common medical conditions related to excess weight that can lead to serious health issues. The good news is, many of these conditions may be improved dramatically with minimal weight loss. Some health issues as a result of obesity include:

      • High cholesterol / high triglycerides / low HDL cholesterol / hyperlipidemia
      • High blood pressure / hypertension
      • Sleep apnea / excessive sleepiness / insomnia / non-restorative sleep
      • Fatty liver / steatohepatitis / non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
      • Osteoarthritis and back pain
      • Fatigue
      • Heartburn / acid reflux / GERD

Obesity issues related to pregnancy deserve specific attention.

The desire for future pregnancy is an important reason to consider weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to note that during pregnancy and breast feeding, we do not promote weight loss. Ideally, we encourage patients to plan ahead and reach a healthy weight before getting pregnant for the following reasons:

Potential Problems for Mothers with Obesity or who are Overweight:

      • Gestational diabetes risk is up to 20 times higher.
      • High blood pressure / pre-eclampsia risk is up to 10 times higher.
      • C-section delivery is up to 3 times more likely.
      • Hospital stay for mom at delivery averages 4 days longer.
      • Cost of prenatal care and delivery is much higher.

Potential Problems for Babies of Overweight or Obese Moms:

      • Major birth defects are 35% more likely. The greatest risk is for neural tube defects.
      • Intensive care unit stay for the newborn is 3 times more likely.
      • Death of the fetus or newborn is 3 times more likely.

Several other potential medical conditions are associated with obesity or being overweight including:

  • Heart disease / coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes mellitus type II / pre-diabetes / impaired glucose
  • High blood pressure / hypertension high cholesterol / hyperlipidemia
  • Sleep apnea / daytime sleepiness
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer of the breast, esophagus, stomach, colon, endometrium, and kidney
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • ObGyn complications / infertility
  • Neural tube defects in infants
  • Chronic venous insufficiency / deep vein thrombosis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Wound infection
  • Impaired immunity
  • Liver disease
  • Low back pain
  • Pancreatitis
  • Surgical complications
  • Urinary stress incontinence
Last updated on December 18, 2015