Signs Your Weight Gain Is Harming Your Health

Weight gain doesn’t just limit your wardrobe and undermine your self-esteem – it can be a symptom of a number of serious health problems. Here’s what to look out for.

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Your fat is around the middle

Not all weight is created equal – and having belly fat or a “spare tire” can be a marker for cardiovascular problems. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2016 found that the more belly weight, the greater the risk of heart disease. “Fat cells in the abdomen are associated with worsening insulin resistance, which in turn is associated with high blood pressure, higher cholesterol, and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus,” says UPMC endocrinologist and internist Jason Ng, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. “All of these risk factors increase the risk of heart disease.” Try these home remedies to help you lose belly fat.

You eat a lot of sweets

Some research suggests that sugar intake itself causes diabetes, but eating too many sweets certainly causes weight gain, a major risk factor for the disease. “About 90 percent of type 2 diabetes patients are overweight or obese,” says Mohammad Kawji, MD, a doctor of endocrinology and metabolic disorders at Spectrum Health. “Weight gain is associated with metabolic changes, primarily insulin resistance, which increases the risk of developing diabetes in the future.” Because the pancreas has to secrete more insulin to balance blood sugar, it eventually fails, blood sugar rises, and diabetes develops. A simple blood test can check if your blood sugar is elevated. Unfortunately, Dr. Ng that diabetes medications can also cause weight gain, as they allow the body to absorb more sugar. See how much soda it takes to increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.

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