Diabetes, Obesity and Stroke

Obesity increases the danger for stroke and heart disease. But it harms more than just the heart and blood vessel system. It's also a major cause of gallstones, osteoarthritis and respiratory problems. Various health conditions are thoroughly intertwined by obesity, that underlie cardiovascular disease including diabetes, abnormal blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. In addition, weight gain is a frequent consequence of heart-damaging lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise and a fat-laden diet. Obesity also can lead to heart failure. This is a serious condition in which your heart can't pump enough blood to address your body's needs. Having diabetes or pre-diabetes puts one at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. One can lower its risk by keeping the blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol close to the recommended target numbers—the levels suggested by diabetes experts for good health. Stroke and coronary heart disease can be caused by the same problem– atherosclerosis.

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