Your weight and your heart: Part 1

By: Chris Curry Email
By: Chris Curry Email

Thursday, January 6, 2011

AUGUSTA -- In this "Smart Heart" report, we're teaming up with University Hospital to look at the benefits of losing weight.

Doctors say obesity plays a role in several medical problems:
- Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Some cancers

Diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Diabetes can also lead to kidney disease, nerve damage, foot problems and eye complications.

High blood pressure makes it harder for your heart to pump blood.

Colon cancer, breast cancer and kidney cancer are also connected to being overweight.

And Dana Peth, who works at University's Weight Loss Center, says when you start trying to lose weight, don't focus on an ideal number.

"Conquering obesity is much more than obtaining a number of losing weight. It's about living a healthly lifestyle. Obesity effects every part of the body," she said.

Peth said, "We use the body mass index. It's a mathematical formula using the patient's height and weight. Your health risk generally increase with a body mass over 35. It increases dramatically with a number over 40, which is about 100 pounds of excess weight."

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