Understanding the Benefits of Weight Loss

Most people’s weight loss efforts are fueled by their desire to look better. However, the benefits of weight loss go well beyond the cosmetic—achieving a healthy weight can benefit one’s general wellbeing in numerous ways. In an effort to promote good health in 2014, West Hills Hospital urges West Hills residents to consider the health benefits of weight loss

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Healthier Joints
The more you weigh, the more pressure your joints have to endure. Those who are overweight are often very likely to suffer from osteoarthritis of the knees, which can make walking very difficult and may make knee replacement surgery necessary. If you vow to eat healthier and exercise more in 2014, you can reduce the amount of pressure on your knees, hips, and ankles, which can help keep these joints in good shape for years to come.  

Stronger Spine
Losing weight—whether it’s through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery—can also help alleviate back pain. Like the knees, hips, and ankles, the spine can cause great discomfort when burdened by extra weight. One of the most common conditions is a herniated disc, which occurs when sustained pressure damages the cartilage between vertebrae. If you experience back pain, you’ll find that weight loss is an effective and healthy means to  reduce discomfort .   

Lower Risk of Heart Disease
The larger your body is, the harder your heart has to work to pump blood. Those who are overweight—that is, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater—are more inclined to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can drastically increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Making an effort to bring your BMI within the normal range (18.5 to 24.9) can help reduce your risk of numerous deadly conditions and help increase your lifespan.

Losing weight is a great way to stay out of the hospital. For more information, call our program coordinator at (818) 676-4141.  Our coordinator has personal experience with our popular Med-Fit program at the  Center for Rehab and Fitness . Still, if you experience any emergencies, West Hills Hospital will provide prompt and effective treatment. You may also call us at (818) 676-4000 to learn about upcoming free seminars to  improve your general wellness .

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