When it comes to taking care of your body and your health, one of the elements that you can and need to take control of is your weight and your eating habits. Managing your weight requires discipline and dedication, but with effort and perseverance can be the best step you ever took in terms of your body's overall health. If you are unconvinced of the amazing health benefits that weight loss can provide, get to know some of the many medical conditions that can be helped or eradicated through weight loss. Then, you will understand how important losing weight and maintaining a proper weight can be to your health and well-being.
Gallbladder Issues (Gall Stones)
Perhaps surprisingly, gallbladder issues, particularly gallstones, are heavily influenced by a person's body weight. People who are obese are far more likely than those in healthy weight ranges to develop gallstones, and even more likely to have chronic problems with gall stones throughout their lives.
Gallstones are caused by a malfunction in the liver that results in the liver producing too much bile ( a digestive fluid that the liver produces and the gall bladder stores. When there is too much bile stored in the gall bladder, small hard crystalline masses form (gallstones).
Gallstones can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort and often require surgery and possibly complete removal of the gallbladder itself. If the gallbladder is removed the body will never digest food quite the same way again, and you will be required to adhere to restrictions to your diet. If you do not change your diet accordingly (reducing your consumption of fats, sugars, and caffeine, for example), you will have chronic digestive troubles including gas, abdominal pain and cramping, and frequent diarrhea.
Gout is another condition that is frequently caused and made worse by carrying too much weight on the body (and as such can be eradicated or improved by losing weight. This disorder most often affects the feet and legs and is a form of arthritis.
However, gout starts as the result of a kidney malfunction in which too much uric acid is produced. This uric acid travels in your body and gets pooled up in your joints (usually in the legs, ankles, and feet, but can also affect elbows, wrists, and hands). The excess uric acid causes crystalline masses to form that cause severe pain, joint stiffness, redness, and inflammation.
Gout often requires medications to help regulate uric acid levels in the blood, corticosteroid injections at the site of the flare ups, dietary changes, and exercise and weight loss. While technically there is no medical intervention to cure gout, if you can get your body's digestive system back in balance with weight loss so it stops producing excess uric acid, you can prevent flare ups from recurring.