EXCESS WEIGHT CONTRIBUTES TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
Obesity is on the rise globally and is one of the main factors that contributes to the development of multiple chronic health conditions. Feedback systems between our brain, gut, and fat tissue are responsible for controlling food intake and appetite.
Our genetic makeup influences this significantly and makes us more susceptible to obesogenic environmental cues. This can make us susceptible to weight gain and make weight loss difficult to achieve and maintain. In order to rebalance these feedback systems and maintain healthy weight loss, the implementation of a structured diet is crucial.
Specialist Bariatric Dietitian, Nese Targen, explains how non-surgical weight loss treatment protocols can improve your health.
NON-SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS
Many people prefer a non-surgical weight loss approach when possible. Our dietitians can support you with behavioural change skills and dietary optimisation.
They can help you target personal barriers to weight loss, including helping you navigate social and work factors that may be preventing you from reaching optimal health.
Medical pharmacotherapy for weight loss is also an additional tool which is used alongside a dietary optimisation approach, and is something our dietitian team can support you with.
WEIGHT LOSS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Our team of experienced clinical dietitians can support you with non-surgical weight loss plans to help you improve your health.
Click on the + sign below to discover how a dietitian can help with different chronic health conditions related to excess weight.
Diabetes is a serious health condition that occurs when the body cannot properly regulate glucose (sugar) in the blood and left untreated, can result in serious health complications.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body has stopped producing insulin. Daily treatment requires the replacement of insulin through injections or an insulin pump.
Dietitians work with diabetes medication and/or insulin therapy, helping you with carbohydrate counting and balancing food and drink intake against insulin doses, so that your blood glucose is maintained as close as possible to the normal range.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disease that accounts for 90-95% of cases of diabetes. It is characterised by levels of glucose in the blood that are too high because the pancreas is not producing enough insulin, or insulin resistance has developed meaning that the insulin the body produces, can no longer work effectively.
Dietitians support you in managing your blood glucose levels with appropriate food choices and through lifestyle factors such as regular exercise.
One of the biggest risk factors in genetically susceptible individuals for Type 2 Diabetes development, is obesity. This means a key strategy for the prevention and management of Type 2 Diabetes is weight loss.
Our dietitians can support you through your weight loss journey to help support better blood glucose control and aid the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes development.
High Blood Pressure
Excess weight is a key risk factor for high blood pressure.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices, a lack of physical activity and being overweight are all factors that contribute to high blood pressure.
Ordinarily, arteries are stretchy so they can cope with your blood pressure going up and down. Health complications arise when fatty material builds up in your arteries, narrowing them, thus increasing your blood pressure.
Our dietitians will work with you to support dietary intervention that balances different food groups, and moderate your intake of foods that are higher in fat or sugar.
They will help you to consume foods in the right proportion, creating a diet that is nutrient dense, without being high in calories.
Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is a common and serious condition, where the blood vessels supplying the heart are narrowed or blocked. One of the main risk factors increasing the chances of developing CHD is excess weight, which can also contribute to other risk factors including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Not doing enough exercise
Having excess weight may add to the slow build-up of a fatty substance (called atheroma) in your arteries, reducing blood flow.
Our dietitians can work with you to adjust any dietary and lifestyle behaviours that may be contributing to excess weight gain, and support you in the management of any associated health conditions.
Our body needs cholesterol to make steroid hormones, vitamin D, as well as bile acids, which help the gut absorb and digest dietary fat. Cholesterol in the blood is transported by protein structures known as lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoprotein:
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), also known as ‘the good cholesterol’
Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), also known as ‘the bad cholesterol’
When we have raised levels of LDL cholesterol and reduced levels of HDL cholesterol, it puts us at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Our dietitians can support you with meal plans to balance your cholesterol levels, modifying the foods you eat to influence how the cholesterol in blood is transported.
Supporting Other Health Conditions
As well as having an increased risk of developing chronic health conditions, many people with excess weight or obesity can experience mental health conditions and a lower quality of life.
Working with a dietitian to manage sustainable weight loss in a safe way can improve:
- Sleep apnea
- Mental health
- Joint pain or back pain
- Low mood or low energy
- Difficulty with being physically active
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIETITIAN MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CONDITIONS
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