Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle

  • Heart Disease: Heart Disease is the leading cause of death and disability for people in the US. People who are overweight are twice as likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol, two of the major risk factors causing heart disease. Those who have heart disease may suffer a heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death or abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Cancer: Cancer is defined by an abnormal or out of control growth of cells within a part of your body, which can then spread to surrounding tissues. Being overweight increases the risk of several types of cancers including: colon, esophagus, and kidney. Also, obesity has been linked with uterine and postmenopausal breast cancer in women.
  • Stroke: Similar to heart disease, a stroke prevents blood and oxygen to the brain possibly causing paralysis and death. Major risk factors that contribute to stroke susceptibility are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco and alcohol use, obesity and genetic predisposition. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes reduces your body’s ability to control blood sugar. Diabetes is a major cause of early death, heart disease, and blindness. Diabetes and obesity have strong ties. Those who are overweight are more than twice as likely to develop diabetes, while 80 percent of those who have diabetes are overweight.
  • High Blood Pressure: The most recent estimates note that nearly one third of all adult Americans have high blood pressure. It often times goes undetected and, when is uncontrolled, contributes to heart attacks, strokes, heart and kidney failures.

How to Reduce Your Risk:

  • Diet and Exercise: You can reduce your risk of developing these medical conditions by changing your lifestyle to include a well-rounded diet and regular, moderate physical activity. In most cases, the loss of 5 to 15 percent of your body weight significantly reduces your risks of developing these medical conditions. Becoming more active and eating healthy could be the best prevention of America’s leading causes of death.