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Obesity Related Health Concerns

It’s no secret that obesity can cause a number of health issues and make them worse over time and significantly reduce your life expectancy and quality of life. Our staff at Iowa Bariatrics strives to help you understand fully why and how obesity and other conditions are related. By understanding these connections, you will feel motivated to reduce the underlying cause of some of these issues. Check out the information below to learn more about some of the conditions that can be worsened by being obese. If you have questions about any of the below information or would like to learn more about what Iowa Bariatrics can help you with, contact us today!

Type 2 Diabetes

When overweight or obese for a long period of time, individuals develop a resistance to the blood sugar regulating hormone, insulin. Over time, this causes a perpetual increase in blood sugar levels that can wreak havoc on your body.

Heart Disease & High Blood Pressure

Excess body weight puts extra strain on the heart’s ability to function properly, causing hypertension, otherwise known as, high blood pressure. This can cause a number of other more serious health complications including: an increased risk for stroke, heart attack, and kidney damage.

Osteoarthritis of Weight-Bearing Joints

Additional weight placed on joints, especially knees and hips, causes rapid wear and tear on joints leading to pain caused by the resulting inflammation. Furthermore, obesity also causes a continual strain on your bones and muscles of the back resulting in various disk problems, pain, and decreased mobility.

Sleep Apnea & Respiratory Problems

Being overweight can cause significant respiratory problems including sleep apnea. This is due to fat deposits in the tongue and neck that can cause intermittent obstruction of the air passage. When sleeping on your back, this obstruction is increased. You may find yourself waking frequently throughout the night to reposition yourself, or your partner may find that you have stopped breathing completely and wake you. The loss of sleep caused by interruption in your sleep often results in daytime drowsiness and headaches.

Gastroesophageal Reflux (Heartburn)

Acid belongs in the stomach and seldom causes any problem when it stays there. When acid escapes into the esophagus through a weak or overloaded valve at the top of the stomach, the result is called gastroesophageal reflux, and "heartburn" and acid indigestion are common symptoms. Approximately 10-15% of patients with even mild sporadic symptoms of heartburn will develop a condition called Barrett's esophagus, which is a pre-malignant change in the lining membrane of the esophagus, a cause of esophageal cancer. For more information on Heartburn, its causes and possible cures, visit www.heartburnhelp.com.


Seriously overweight people tend to face constant challenges when it comes to their emotional well-being. This has to do with a variety of reasons including: repeated failure with dieting, disapproval from family and friends, sneers and remarks from strangers, discrimination at work, cannot fit comfortably in theatre seats, public transportation accommodations are limited and more. The result is a very low self-esteem and regard for themselves, ultimately causing depression.


People who are obese or are overweight tend to have a harder time conceiving a child. This can be caused by a variety of reasons associated with being overweight.

Urinary Stress Incontinence

As a result of being overweight, many people suffer from urinary stress incontinence. This is caused by a large, heavy abdomen and relaxation of the pelvic muscles. As a result this may cause the valve on the urinary bladder to be weakened, leading to leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

Menstrual Irregularities

Morbidly obese individuals often experience disruptions of the menstrual cycle, including interruption of the menstrual cycle, abnormal menstrual flow and increased pain associated with the menstrual cycle.

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310 2nd Ave South| Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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