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Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It can also have a big impact on your health, boosting your risk of developing a range of chronic conditions.

Fortunately, losing weight can help improve your health by lowering your chances of getting obesity-linked chronic illnesses.

At Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent wants you to understand the potential connections between your weight and your health. He’d like to share some important information about how losing weight may lower your risk of the following obesity-related conditions.

Heart disease and stroke

Excess weight impacts the risk of heart disease and stroke in several ways. For example, being obese can:

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your blood sugar is too high. Obesity affects your body’s ability to produce and properly use insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar.

Even if you don’t have Type 2 diabetes, you may have prediabetes, a situation in which your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, prediabetes usually goes on to become diabetes.


Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that develops when the protective cushioning (cartilage) in your joints begins to wear away, leading to pain, swelling, and other troubling symptoms.

Excess weight stresses your joints and speeds up cartilage damage, increasing your risk of osteoarthritis.

The risk of gout, another type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the joints, is also linked to excess weight.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that interrupts your breathing while you sleep, leading to loud snoring and daytime fatigue, headaches, and irritability.

Obesity raises your risk of obstructive sleep apnea because extra fat tissue can collapse your airways and make it harder for you to breathe while you sleep.

Some types of cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, excess weight is believed to be implicated in about 8% of all cancers in the United States. Specifically, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has found that excess weight is linked to these types of cancer:

Additionally, the ACS asserts that weight may have an impact on your risk for developing these cancers:

Gallbladder and digestive disorders

Being overweight or obese can contribute to the development of gallstones, which are pebble-like deposits that form in your gallbladder.

When conservative measures fail to relieve gallstone pain, surgery to remove the gallbladder may be necessary.

When you can’t lose weight

If you’re obese and you’ve struggled to lose weight and keep it off, obesity surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery or bariatric surgery, offers an option in the journey toward long-term weight loss. Here at Northwest EndoSurgical, board-certified surgeon Dr. St. Laurent provides the most advanced bariatric surgical procedures to patients in the greater Houston area.

To schedule a consultation, call our office at 281-819-3730 or book an appointment online today.

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