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Big Benefits of a Little Weight Loss

Obesity is recognized as a disease and the cause of many serious health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and sleep disorders. And, the severely obese, who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 to 50, shave about 10 years off their lives.

Beyond the lower numbers on the scale, better fitting clothes, and the positive changes you see in the mirror, losing the few extra pounds you’ve been carrying around can deliver big health benefits.

A spring in your step. Losing weight lessens the burden on your weight-bearing joints. For example, losing just 10 pounds of excess weight can reduce the pressure on your knees by 40 pounds. Or, if a modest weight loss—such as 20 pounds from a 200-pound frame—was maintained, heart disease, diabetes risk, and cancer risk would be lessened and people could live longer, healthier lives.

An improved mood. People who are overweight are more likely to be socially isolated and to experience depression.

A better night’s sleep. People who are at a healthy weight are less likely to suffer from sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

A longer life. Losing weight lowers your risk for several kinds of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

By sustaining a weight loss of 10 percent or more for two years can significantly decrease levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, blood sugar, and inflammation, according to the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Whether it’s 20 pounds or 200 standing between you and a healthier life, take a step today to manage your weight, feel better, and live longer. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to weight loss. But, one thing is for sure. By using a nonsurgical or surgical solution to lose weight, the chronic disease processes associated with obesity can be reversed and even avoided.

In the coming year, be sure to follow Katie Burke’s journey as she goes through the entire weight loss program. Visit: www.binghammemorial.org/katiejourney

You’re Not Alone

Tammy Fouse, DO, general surgeon and fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon at Bingham Memorial’s Weight Loss Center, helps people take the first step on their weight-loss journey. She helps patients choose a nonsurgical or surgical weight loss solution that works for them. She sees patients in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. Appointments can be scheduled by calling: (208) 782-3993.

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“Losing the few extra pounds you’ve been carrying around can deliver big health benefits!”