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If you’ve been consulting with us about a medical weight loss plan, it’s probably because you want to drop weight or your doctor advised you to do so. Yes, most of us appreciate the new look of a slimmer body, and shedding pounds can often ward off weight-related health problems like type 2 diabetes. But beyond that, we predict that you’ll soon see the following three positive changes:
Improved immunity. Remaining overweight for a long period of time can put your body into a chronic state of inflammation. As you lose weight, especially with a healthy diet, inflammation is often reduced. The result can be an immune system that functions better, and you might find that you get sick less often!
Improved brain health. Numerous studies have linked healthy weight with a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This effect could also be due to lowered inflammation, which often impacts brain health. If you reach a healthy weight and keep it that way as you get older, you might find that your cognitive abilities remain more stable and you’re less prone to memory lapses.
Improved metabolic health. More and more younger people are developing metabolic syndrome these days. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors that increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea:
- larger waist circumference
- high blood sugar
- high blood pressure
- high triglyceride levels
- low HDL cholesterol
Currently, about 20 percent of people under age 40 are already experiencing metabolic syndrome. But weight loss often reverses these factors and prevents the development of more serious diseases.
Sometimes we pursue a medical weight loss plan with a specific goal in mind, but it might help to think about the long term. Losing weight will improve all areas of your health, and bring surprising results into your life!
If you haven’t already gotten started on a medical weight loss plan, give us a call. We can show you how to eat and exercise for success and better health.