If you're overweight, you know you should shed those extra pounds. But do you know why? Obesity increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke. Take a look at a few more eye-opening reasons to lose weight:
1. Keeping your weight well below the obese category can slash your risk of breast cancer and protect you from the most aggressive form, according to research cirted in the Nov. 20, 2002 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
2. Leading birth defects specialists from the Teretology Society say meternal obesity during pregnancy puts both mom and baby at risk. Studies indicate obesity doubles a woman's chances of having a baby with neural tube defects and increases her risk of developing complications during pregnancy.
3. Being overweight contributes to sleep apnea, a condition in which you momentarily stop breathing during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and serious circulatory and heat problems.
The bottom line: Losing weight reduces your risk for developing many serious medical conditions.
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