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Obesity And Heart Failure
In the past doctors thought, overweight patients had increased risks of developing heart failure due to complications from diabetes, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure yet new studies show that obesity leads to heart failure without the other medical conditions present. The studies also show that even excess body weight tremendously increases the risks even when the person is not considered obese.
One study was based on 5881 people who volunteered for the case study at the institution. The people were either obese or overweight during the 14-year study. Those people that were considered overweight had a risk of developing heart failure 34% greater than the non-overweight individuals. The ones considered obese had a risk factor of 104%.
The fact that obese individuals, had a higher risk rate, caused alarm for the doctors in the medical field, since this new study brought to light; a new medical condition previously never known. The fact proven by the study showed even healthy people are still at risk for heart disease by decreased amounts. Overweight and obese people, based on the results, began to be counseled to lose weight to lower the risk of possible heart failure.
Obesity leads to heart failure because the problems associated with obesity such as left ventricular hypertrophy known as LVH, which is the thickening of the walls of the left regions of the heart. Over time, LVH can lead to heart failure.
Obesity is associated with metabolic syndrome X that is a metabolic disorder causing the lipid abnormalities. Both LVH and metabolic syndrome lead to heart failure in obese and overweight individuals.
The treatments designed at improving the LVH and metabolic syndrome X can help with stopping heart failure. The theory has been tested in clinical studies, while it is still highly recommended individuals lose the excess weight to lower their risks of the medical conditions. Using a healthy low caloric diet and exercise, many individuals lower their risks as well as reducing the risks of hypertension, lipid abnormalities, metabolic syndrome X, and other heart diseases; they were previously considered at high risk to get.
Doctors used the studies to counsel patients on the importance of weight loss and weight management citing the study results as proof the patient was at high risk. Many patients, required the study as proof they were at risk, since in the past many had been informed differently.
The fact remains that obesity raises the risk levels for heart disease. Heart disease is an extremely serious condition, which must be recognized and taken seriously by both the doctor and the patient; so proper treatments can be used to lower the risks and prolong the life of the patients.
BONUS : Obesity And Herbalism
Since obesity is higher than ever before, there is a larger demand for researchers to find quick fixes or concoctions to help combat this. Obesity often leads to heart disease so companies are looking more at ways to help people lose weight. One of the ideas they are looking at is herbalism and its remedies.
Herbalism is the practice of traditional medicine using plants and plant extracts. Herbalism also encompasses the use of bee and fungal products, as well as shells, certain minerals, and some animal products. An herbal remedy is a concoction of herbal ingredients used to treat sickness, disease, and even psychological disorders. Many of the medicines we use today, like aspirin, have a long history in herbalism.
Among the many remedies for weight loss is the newest on the market, the acai berry. Many ads claim the acai berry is successful for rapid weight loss. To date there are no studies to back this information up. Dr. Oz, Oprah Winfreys famous physician, has even suggested it but also recommends that people do research. The acai berry, harvested from the acai palm tree twice a year, is a good dietary supplement, but because there is no research to back up its exact benefits, one must use caution and moderation in consuming it.
One of the most commonly known herbs recommended for weight loss is ginseng. Ginseng is what is known as a food stimulant. What that means is that is helps speed up the way in which your body processes food. Ginseng also has the added benefit of boosting your energy which, in turn, could lead to more exercise and added weight loss.
The trumpet tree or Tabebuia impetiginosa has also recently been discovered as an herbal weight loss remedy. Extracts from this tree can actually delay the absorption of fat by the bodys cells in animals. The body still processes the good nutrients and more of the bad fat passes through into waste. BY doing this, it is also reducing the levels of triglycerides in our bodies, which is normally stored in fat cells. Lower levels of triglycerides leads to a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.
One of the least known herbal remedy is honey. Few people realize the many benefits of honey. In weight loss, honey actually gets the extra fat moving along so it can be used up in energy. Honey has 22 amino acids and many minerals that are necessary for it to be metabolized by our bodies. These amino acids and minerals are what help prevent obesity. Many people believe that drinking a teaspoon of honey mixed with lemon juice helps to speed up your metabolism in the mornings and helps to prevent cellulite. One teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon dissolved in a cup of boiling water is also touted as helping with weight loss.
Whatever route one decides to take in trying to lose weight, research is always advised. Following ads on television, the internet, or magazines is never recommend without knowing what you are getting in to. Many of these herbal remedies are new and so little is known about them scientifically. Do your research, find something you like, and then speak with your doctor.