If you want a healthier heart, consider losing weight

Obesity is on the rise here in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Obese Americans in steadily on the rise. 30% of adults over the age of 20 are obese. They are 30 pounds over weight, and 30%-40% body fat. A healthy body fat is 10%-20%.

Obesity is steady Rising!

The main goal of the National Institutes of Health is to lower the obesity among adults by 50% by the year 2025. According to current data, the situation is getting worse. The rising rate of childhood obesity, is leading to a shorted life expectancy for most obese Americans. Unless major changes occur soon, Americans could lose 2-5 years off their life over the next couple decades. 

Furthermore, obesity is a risk factor for heart related diseases and other serious health issues.

Obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is when you have all of these disorders at the same time. If you are at this stage, then you are running the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even organ failure.

You can develop arthritis from obesity. There is just too much stress and pressure on the joints for them to handle.

Obesity is a trigger for heart disease

Obese adults are twice as likely to have high blood pressure, and be at risk for heart disease than healthy weight people. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity are a common grouping for people with heart disease. You must manage these factors right away, before they get out of hand. Our hearts have a certain amount of ticks. Unhealthy weight will literally take ticks away.

You can do something about it today

After smoking, obesity and overweight together represent the second most preventable death in the U.S. There are many things you can do to manage your risk of obesity and heart disease. Here are just a few.

  • Change your diet. People that succeed at this usually start with one small change at a time. Trying to go from where you are at to salads every night is just not realistic. Focus on making one new food change every week.
  • Talk to your doctor to make sure you are on the right meds and you follow the Docs orders.
  • Start working-out. Same thing with nutrition. Don’t try to run a marathon next month. Also, don’t expect to see a huge change in your body after only doing it for 3 months. This takes time! Think about how long it took you to get to where you are. It wont take the same amount of time. If you are consistent, it could take 6 months to a year. 

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