Reduce Your Waistline and Your Health Risks

Learn how Slimband could help resolve these comorbidities linked to obesity.

Gallstones / Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder / GallstonesGallstones are typically very small, rock-like substances that develop in your gallbladder. The liquid in your gallbladder called bile helps your body digest fats. The gallbladder pushes the bile through to the small intestine, where digestion begins. When left untreated, gallstones can lead to severe infection or damage of the pancreas, liver or gallbladder and could be deadly.

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Diabetes

DiabetesDiabetes is a disease that occurs when your body cannot effectively regulate the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Your body no longer responds to the insulin that’s being produced, or there simply isn’t enough being produced. As a result, this leads to an excess of sugar in the bloodstream. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to a host of serious and even life threatening conditions.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is both a cause and symptom of being overweight. The weight gain occurs because sleep apnea makes you wake up several times during a night, resulting in interruptions during the deep Rapid Eye Movement (REM) dream sleep that is needed for your body to properly repair itself. As well, it should be noted that part of the body's night time maintenance routine includes the release of Leptin and Ghrelin hormones.

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GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

GERDGastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux, occurs when the muscle (that acts like a valve) between your stomach and your esophagus fails to close properly and as a result, acid works it way up into your esophagus. For some people, they might consider it nothing more than a fleeting pain. However, in extreme cases this could eventually lead to cancer of the esophagus.

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Cardiovascular Disease

Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and StrokeCardiovascular disease is a family of diseases that includes hypertension, coronary heart disease, and stroke. In Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke every 7 minutes, and heart disease and stroke are 2 of the 3 leading causes of death in Canada. While these are sobering facts, there are many things you can do to prevent these types of diseases.

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Back Pain

Back PainBeing overweight is one of the major causes of chronic back pain. Extra weight puts more stress on your spine and it can also be a factor in disk wear and tear. One of the main reasons for this association is due to weak abdominal muscles that cause your pelvis to move forward, and in turn puts undo stress on your lower spine. This increased stress on your lower back and spine leads to lower back pain.

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Irregular Menstrual Cycles & Infertility

InfertilityOverweight women may suffer from irregular periods because as weight goes up, estrogen levels in the body can increase. Conflicting signals to the brain and ovaries may delay ovulation, which can cause a woman to skip her period for several days. Women suffering from irregular periods may also experience loss of iron and a general feeling of weakness and being run down. Infertility is not only a physical ailment, but also a psychological one too.

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Depression

DepressionIn any given year 5% of the Canadian population will suffer from some type of clinical depression. Depression and anxiety are rising at a rapid pace in Canada. Between 1994 and 2004 the number of depression/anxiety related visits to a doctor’s office nearly doubled. The etiology of depression is still unknown, although reasons for developing depression can include: hormonal imbalances, inherited genetic traits, stressful life events, or early childhood trauma.

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Joint Pain

Joint PainThere are two different classifications of joint pain. Of the two different types, Inflammatory Joint Ache, more commonly known as arthritis, may be the best-known form of joint pain. The other type is called Non-Inflammatory Joint Ache or arthralgia. Suffering from Non-inflammatory Joint Ache combined with being obese increases stress on the joints, which can cause the joint(s) to wear out and cartilage to dissolve.

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Cholesterol

CholesterolMany people might be surprised to find that since there are no symptoms associated with having an elevated cholesterol level, the only way to discover your cholesterol level is by having a blood test. It is estimated there are 12 million people in Canada with elevated cholesterol levels. If there are no noticeable symptoms, yet there are so many people with high cholesterol levels, you might be asking yourself, “What is cholesterol?”

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