Understanding How Overweight and Obesity Causes Heart Disease

There’s no denying the fact that overweight and obesity has been on the rise in America for decades. It has been proven to make life uncomfortable and to lower people’s quality of life. However, it also comes with much more serious health issues, namely, heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every four deaths each year in the United States is due to heart disease.

Here are three ways that overweight and obesity contributes to heart disease and what you can do to take control of your health and combat not only obesity but heart disease too!

It can change your cholesterol levels. Most of us know that obesity can cause a spike in bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but did you know it can also lower good high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol? HDL cholesterol is important for removing bad cholesterol and working to reduce the risk of heart disease. 

It can cause your blood pressure to rise. overweight or obese individuals require more blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to their bodies which causes an increase in blood pressure. Your body will also require more pressure to move this blood around. High blood pressure is also a common cause of heart attack, which is sadly more common for overweight or obese individuals.

It can lead to diabetes and insulin resistance. High cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart attacks aren’t the only medical conditions you need to worry about if you’re overweight or obese. Overweight or obese individuals also have a much greater chance of developing diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, at least 68 percent of people aged 65 or older with diabetes also have heart disease. While individuals with diabetes are said to be two to four times more likely to be at risk for heart disease, the American Heart Association also lists diabetes as being one of the top seven major controllable factors to prevent heart disease. If you have diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed with heart disease, now is the time to act.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to lose weight, get healthy and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. The most progressive thinking in healthy weight loss is a plan combining time-restricted feeding, intermittent fasting, and low carb, low sugar nutrition plan.  This is backed by scientific data and proven clinical results.

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