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What are the Comorbidities Associated with Obesity?

Dr Devinder Singh Bansi BM DM FRCP
GMC Registered Consultant Dr Bansi

It is no secret that obesity is an issue in the UK, one that comes with many comorbidities. A comorbidity is defined as ‘the occurrence of more than one illness or condition at the same time’. Having too much excess weight can cause a knock-on effect that leads to two or more medical problems in a patient at any one time. These can include sleep apnoea, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. In this article, we will look at a handful of these comorbidities, what they are, how they are associated with obesity, and how they impact the human body.

Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a disorder in which breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. It is recognised by the common characteristics of loud snoring and episodes of the individual stopping breathing. It is common amongst those that are overweight and can last several months or years. It is treatable, and urgent medical attention is advised in severe cases.

Learn more about sleep apnoea.

Hypertension

Left untreated, hypertension can be life threatening. Symptoms generally include unexplained fatigue and headache. Hypertension is caused by high blood pressure, which is in turn caused by (amongst other things) being overweight. Making healthy lifestyle changes, such as those advocated by Allure Weight Programmes, can help to reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure and hypertension.

Learn more about hypertension.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions that impact the heart or blood vessels. Typically, cardiovascular disease is associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries and an increased risk of blood clots. This is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK but can be prevented by leading a healthier lifestyle. 

Learn more about cardiovascular disease.

Mobility

Mobility issues and obesity go hand in hand. This is because the more excess weight you have, the more pressure you are putting on your joints to perform their usual tasks. Standing up, walking, bending, and more become increasingly difficult, sometimes causing intense aches and pain. This can lead to joint replacement and even amputation. This can, of course, be life-changing. It is therefore important that an individual experiencing weight-related mobility issues take the steps to make lifestyle changes.

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Losing weight is hard. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t exist. People need a little helping hand, and we are here to offer that in the form of gastric balloons and bariatric surgery, both methods proven to promote weight loss and reduce the associated comorbidities of obesity. Explore the 6, and 12 month gastric balloon UK procedures with Allure Weightloss, programmes completed by dietetic care.

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