Obesity Paradox: A Big Belly Can Be Lethal

fat womanIt’s not good to be too big. We are talking about obesity and its numerous medical complications. A new study has found that a big waist and severe obesity is highly linked to fatality in heart attack survivors. This study found out that, “at 5 years, absolute mortality was highest in the leanest patients (BMI less than 22 kg/m2) and lowest in patients with BMI between 25 and 35 kg/m2 (i.e. overweight and mild obesity). Patients with severe obesity (BMI = 35 kg/m2) had a markedly increased mortality after 3 years. Severe abdominal obesity (waist circumference more than 100 cm in women and more than 115 cm in men) was also associated with increased long-term mortality.”

Aside from this, the authors also mentioned that some diseases are more prevalent in obese people. An article from http://www.facenfacts.com elaborated several diseases obese people need to watch out for. 

  • Diabetes. This disease is characterised by high blood sugar levels and can be caused either due to the lack of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or because the body’s cells fail to respond to the insulin produced (type 2 diabetes). Its symptoms are hunger, frequent urination and increased thirst.

  • Cardiovascular disease. This is a group of diseases that involve the heart and / or blood vessels, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.

  • Hypertension. Also called high blood pressure, this condition results from the wall of the blood vessels being thickened leading to increased resistance for the blood to flow. Elevated blood pressure is linked to a variety of diseases – coronary artery diseases, heart diseases, stroke, kidney diseases, vision loss and erectile dysfunction.

  • Arthritis. This condition is caused by joint inflammation and causes joint pain. Some of the types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.

  • Sleep apnoea is characterised by cessation of breathing or reduced ventilation during sleep. Various studies have linked OSA to heart diseases, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, depression and obesity.

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