It’s been understood for decades that obesity is severely detrimental to your health, but recent studies have helped researchers to discover complex links between obesity and a variety of health conditions. We noted three health risks of obesity in a previous post, and we’ll continue to explore that topic in today’s post. Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale offers a variety of health services for men, including managed weight loss, cholesterol management, and testosterone replacement therapy. To learn more about how we can help you restore your health and well-being, contact a member of our Glendale office today at 623-242-5881 for an appointment!

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a complex condition, but the conditions that cause type 2 diabetes are fairly simple. Your body produces insulin in response to glucose (a type of sugar) entering the body. Type 2 diabetics are able to produce insulin, but their bodies aren’t able to use the insulin to regulate the sugar in their bodies, which leads to a buildup of sugar in the bloodstream.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition linked strongly to obesity. In fact, being overweight or obese is the most reliable variable with which to predict whether a person will develop type 2 diabetes. Sugary foods, drinks, and quickly digestible carbohydrates all contribute to blood sugar spikes, which require a strong insulin response from the body. Consistently eating a high-sugar diet with a high concentration of carbohydrates can lead to both obesity and type 2 diabetes over a period of years.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint disorder that can occur in the neck, back, knees, elbows, and hips. Being overweight or obese places a great deal of stress on the joints, and this can potentially break down the cartilage that helps joints move smoothly and painlessly. Numerous studies have shown that obese patients have a high risk of developing osteoarthritis. Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center reports that obese men are five times more likely than non-obese men to develop osteoarthritis, and obese women are roughly four times more likely than non-obese women to develop the condition.

Fatty Liver Disease

The expression ‘fatty liver disease’ covers several distinct conditions, which we will not explain in detail in this post. Fatty liver disease is commonly associated with alcohol abuse, but it is also strongly linked to obesity. Basically, fatty liver disease occurs when the liver becomes damaged or scarred due to inflammation caused by fat accumulation and insulin resistance. Fatty liver disease occurs primarily in developed countries such as the United States, which have high rates of obesity and diabetes partially caused by the availability of high-calorie and high-sugar foods. Fatty liver disease can be treated with medication, but the best way to treat and prevent fatty liver disease is by losing weight and engaging in an active lifestyle.

Seeking treatment for obesity doesn’t have to be embarrassing or difficult. Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale has helped hundreds of men restore their health and manage their weight, and we’d love to help you reach your weight loss goals. Contact our men’s health experts today at 623-242-5881 to schedule an appointment.

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