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Are you giving this deadly killer permission to shorten your lifespan?

Are you giving this deadly killer permission to shorten your lifespan?

Greg Sterner, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Nutrition Specialist

Are you giving this deadly killer permission to shorten your lifespan?

Question for you...What can potentially give you the blues, cause dementia, and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke? It has the potential to saddle you with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, colon cancer, breast cancer and reduce your testosterone level. Plus, it can chip away at your looks, how you feel and your confidence level. It will erode your quality of life and shorten your lifespan.

If that's not bad enough, it's costing the world money... lots of money. A 2010 report estimated the additional costs on the Canadian healthcare system associated with people being overweight or obese was $6 billion.

In other words, it's an expensive, deadly killer. If you haven't guessed already, I'm referring to being overweight or obesity. According to a Statistics report, Canada as of 2014, 54% of Canadians were overweight or obese. Welcome to part one of my two-part series on obesity. Today, I'm going to look at the effect it has on your body and overall well-being. Being obese can pot entially result in...Coronary Heart Disease (CDC). When you're overweight or obese a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside your arteries. This plaque buildup can narrow or block your arteries or if the area ruptures it can cause a blood clot. You could also get to the point where, because your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs,you experience heart failure. A heart attack occurs when your heart doesn't get enough blood. A stroke occurs when there's a blockage of blood to your brain. If the plaque buildup causes a clot near your brain, you could have a stroke.

High Blood Pressure -The excess fat in your abdominal area causes your arteries to become stiff and thick. When the blood vessels get stiff it's more difficult for your blood to flow which leads to high blood pressure. Plus when it's difficult for the blood in your bodyto move around it increases your adrenaline level which can also contribute to high blood pressure.

Diabetes -According to a report in the journal Science, when you're overweight the membranous network (called endoplasmic reticulum) inside your individual cells becomes stressed. When this happens, your cells can no longer process all the nutrients. As a result, an alarm goes off, telling your cells to dampen down the insulin receptors. This results in insulin resistance and leads to consistently high concentrations of sugar glucose.  

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