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5 Risks of Excess Body Fat

We often focus on reducing fat to improve our appearance and look better in and out of clothes.

However, excess body fat can become much more than a cosmetic concern and is especially problematic when localized around the abdomen.

In fact, belly fat can make men and women susceptible to serious medical conditions that can impact their health, quality of life, and even become deadly.

Continue reading to learn five risks of excess body fat.

1. Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus. It’s an endocrine condition that occurs when an individual consistently has high blood sugar and insufficient insulin to regulate blood glucose levels.

2. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 130/80. It’s the result of elevated pressure of blood in vessels.

3. Stroke

A stroke or brain attack is a disease in which a blood vessel that transports oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. It is considered a medical emergency that often presents with trouble walking, speaking, and understanding, as well as paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg.

4. Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the main risks of excess body fat. It refers to a collection of conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack, chest pain, or stroke. The most common symptoms of coronary artery disease are angina (chest pain), shortness of breath, palpitations, increased heart rate, weakness or dizziness, nausea, and sweating.

5. Certain Cancers

Research has shown that excess body fat can increase an individual’s risk for colorectal, post-menopausal breast, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic cancers.

While these conditions can progressively worsen as excess body fat increases, you can decrease your risk by taking steps to lose weight, be more active, and consume a healthy and nutritious diet.

To learn more about risks of excess body fat and treatment options such as CoolSculpting and Emsculpt–offered at The West Institute–please call our office to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Tina West at The West Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland.