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Healthy Weight Can Prevent Chronic Illness @ Alva Carpenter

Alva2 gifLosing weight is not just a matter of looking better. It is about having a better life.


It is a fact that being obese for a long period will stress the body and bring about serious health problems in the future. 


Being obese means that as well as the fat sitting just under the skin (the fat you can pinch), fat is also inside the body and wrapped around the organs causing stress and damage.


Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as "overweight" and "obesity," the risks for the following conditions also increase:


  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol 
  • Stroke
  • Liver and gallbladder disease
  • Sleep  and respiratory problems
  • Joint problems (such as a degeneration of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Gynaecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)


There are many everyday choices that we have to make that affect our long term health.


Obesity, as I have often written, is an outward sign of problems to come. In fact, scientists are consistently discovering new facts linking obesity to many different health problems.


Generally speaking, men whose waist circumference exceeds 40 inches, and women whose waist circumference exceeds 36 inches are at increased risk of getting these diseases: 


Weight and the cancer risk – the evidence

Scientists believe there are several reasons for the link between body fat and cancer.

For example, research shows that fat cells release hormones such as oestrogen, which can increase the risk of cancers, including as breast cancer.

Studies have also shown that fat, particularly if stored around the waist, encourages the body to produce 'growth hormones'. Having high levels of these hormones is linked to a greater risk of cancer.


After choosing not to smoke, staying in shape is the most important way you can reduce your risk of cancer. 


Type II Diabetes

Although the exact mechanism behind it is not yet known, it is known that over 80% of patients with type II diabetes are overweight.

You can reduce your risk of diabetes (which can result in blindness, amputation, and kidney and nerve disease) by walking for at least 30 minutes every day. Daily exercise has been proven to decrease the risk of getting type II diabetes and if you have diabetes it improves your health.

A recent male patient of 52 years who developed type II diabetes lost 2 stones of weight and his sugar level is now normal; and he is feeling great simply because he helped himself. Diabetes does develop over many years and in time he might require added help. But losing the weight has delayed his need for medication, and the complications of diabetes; if not for good, for many years at least 


So, if you have diabetes and want to lose weight, you need to know that it’s possible. It’s never too late to start. I’d suggest you talk with your doctor.

He can work with you, and make sure your medication is adjusted appropriately as you progress. 


1488280711Obese gifWeight damages the joints

Our joints carry the weight of our bodies. The more weight we have to carry, the harder it is for our joints to work properly. Losing weight helps your joints. Obesity is one of the top ten causes of osteoarthritis, and makes healing more difficult should joint replacement surgery be required. 


Your blood pressure rises as you gain weight

One-third to one-half of all individuals with high blood pressure are overweight. Your blood pressure rises as you gain weight, and usually begins to drop as you start losing weight. Once you reach the ideal weight for you height, your blood pressure usually stabilizes at a normal range.

Give time to your to health.

Many expatriates spend so much time securing their financial future they leave no time to think of their health.  Being seriously overweight will bring misery in the years to come and this is avoidable. Research has shown too that it is never too late to make changes and improve your health.


I hope that knowing about the risks of being overweight may give you the motivation to lose weight, but unfortunately it does not make losing weight any easier. There is good news though; research shows that losing just 10% of your body weight reduces the risk of these diseases significantly. 


Tips for healthy weight loss 


  • One step is to avoid fast food and sugary drinks.
  • Keep an eye on portion size. Email me at for a copy of my healthy eating plan. 
  • Try to stop eating before you feel too full. 
  • Always say no to seconds
  • Be physically active. Start your day with exercise.

If you need extra help to motivate you email for information about Actrim a natural fruit based supplement that speeds up weight loss. as it helps seed up weight for people who have tried and failed and feel the situation is hopeless


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