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Perform Regular Exercise to Reduce Your Risk of These 5 Chronic Diseases

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for many common diseases. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent these diseases. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 3 out of every 4 adults age 20 or older in the United States are overweight or obese.

Some of the most common chronic diseases linked to obesity are:

  1. Type 2 diabetes - a disease that occurs when your blood sugar is too high. 9 in 10 people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. (NIH) 

  2. High blood pressure - (hypertension) a condition in which blood flows with a greater force than normal. Having high levels of body fat can increase blood pressure because your heart needs to work harder to supply blood to your cells. (NIH)

  3. Heart disease - includes problems like heart attack or heart failure. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. (NIH)

  4. Osteoarthritis - pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints. Obesity is the leading risk factor for osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, ankles. (NIH)

  5. Mental health challenges - including stress, problems with body image, low self esteem, depression, eating disorders. (NIH)

Achieve a Healthy Weight to Improve Overall Health

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For improved health benefits, do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week and at least 2 or more days a week of proper strength training. An increase in physical activity can help create a calorie deficit which results in weight loss.


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