Losing Weight Reduces Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions

Many American adults struggle with their weight. Along with this, they struggle with losing weight as well. Many of Dr. Kochert’s patients are no different, and she takes pride in being able to help them on their weight-loss journey. Part of this journey is acknowledging the chronic conditions that are associated with being overweight or obese, of which there are many.

Healthy weight vs. overweight

A formula known as the body mass index (BMI) is often the tool used to determine if an individual is overweight. The BMI is calculated using your height and weight. While it isn’t a valid measure for people who are overly muscular, such as weightlifters, it’s a good estimate of body fatness for most people. 

The following ranges show which weight category you fall into based on your BMI:

  • BMI between 18.5-24.9 is considered a healthy weight
  • BMI between 25-29.9 is considered overweight
  • BMI between 30-39.9 is considered obese
  • BMI greater than or equal to 40 is considered extremely obese

As your BMI number gets higher, you’re at more risk of developing serious health issues.

Chronic conditions linked to extra weight

There are many different chronic conditions associated with excess weight, some of which include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Respiratory issues
  • Gout
  • Depression and anxiety

This is in no way an exhaustive list of the different types of chronic conditions associated with excess weight but highlights some of the most common ailments. 

How losing excess weight reduces your risk of chronic conditions

The good news about weight loss is that even losing a small amount, such as 5-10% of your body weight, can result in improved health. Every percentage point of excess body fat you lose will reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases. 

Applying weight-loss strategies to your lifestyle is where Dr. Kochert can help. As an experienced doctor who likes to empower her patients to take charge of their own health, she works with you to create a specialized diet and recommends different treatments, such as hormone replacement or CoolSculpting, that aid in your weight loss. Once you’ve reached a healthy weight, Dr. Kochert continues to work with you to ensure you stay at that healthy weight, which can sometimes be a struggle to do on your own.

If you’re carrying excess weight and are concerned about developing health problems, call our office in Lafayette, Indiana, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Kochert today.