Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Joe Starks0
Morbid Obesity – Take Back Your Life: Understanding the Health Risks
Many morbidly obese people fear to go to their doctor. Some of them just can’t bear hearing about their health worsening, while others can’t stand the stares of contempt or disappointment some physicians might give them. Whatever the case, it is a dangerous thing not to have your annual checkups in fear of hearing the bad news about your health. In this article we’ll discuss the first signs that something might be wrong with your health because of morbid obesity. We’ll tackle both physical and psychological fronts of the problem, trying to stay as scientific as possible.
How big is the risk?
Judging from the movies, series and documentaries every morbidly obese person should be dead from a heart attack by the age of 60. Thankfully there is little truth to this dramatized view of obesity related health problems. You CAN actually be a quite healthy morbidly obese person, which means you will only have the unavoidable mobility problems.
What is true is that morbidly obese people do get some diseases MORE OFTEN than normal weight people. Also, if you already have a family history of a disease typically related to excess weight you have higher chances of getting the disease yourself if you are overweight.
Not every morbidly obese person will have diabetes, but if you take a hundred obese and a hundred lean people randomly, chances are the obese will have more diabetics among them.
The reason why we should be losing weight is not because it will certainly kill us, but because you can’t always predict whether it will or not. You can’t know if you will die earlier just because you didn’t go on a diet!
Which diseases to look out for
Even if you never manage to reach a normal weight, you absolutely have to take care of your health as best as possible. Morbidly obese people can die sometimes because they didn’t get a check-up and not because they were morbidly obese.
Here are some signs you should be weary of:
- Your left arm goes numb. This might be harmless, but it can also mean an impending heart attack. Don’t be ashamed, call your doctor immediately.
- Your feet swell up more and more. Slightly swollen feet are a natural phenomenon if you are very heavy, but if you see your feet swelling more and more you should visit your physician.
- You go to the bathroom far too often. If you suddenly have to pee like two or three times every hour you should go to your doctor as soon as possible. This might be a sign of diabetes.
- You have stabbing pain in your joints. A bit of soreness in your joints is expected, but stabbing pains might mean something is seriously wrong.
- If you have a little bit of incontinence every time you cough or laugh. Your excess fat might be pressing too hard on your bladder. This should be checked by your doctor.
- You can’t get pregnant. Often excess weight can make a woman infertile.
- You wake up in the middle of the night feeling out of breath. Sleep apnea can be a deadly problem and you should get it checked out as soon as possible.
- If you don’t feel your toes. Losing feeling in your feet might be a symptom of diabetes. If regulated you can be a diabetic without symptoms so go to your doctor.
- Getting large rashes or bruises. Something might be wrong with your liver or you might be having skin infections.
- Your wounds don’t heal. This is a dangerous sign of diabetes.
- You feel constantly tired. This can be both because of depression or diabetes.
- You don’t want to live on like this. A dangerous sign of depression. Probably one of the most tragic diseases that often inflict the morbidly obese, because depression feeds the comfort eating- regret cycle.
These are not all afflictions that often hit morbidly obese people, but they are some of the more important signs you can detect by yourself. Remember you are worth just as much as any other person out there, no matter what some people might make you feel. You are worthy of the best medical attention and you should aim to have it.
Don’t let depression or fear keep you from getting the help you need. Sometimes starting to take better care of yourself can kick-start weight loss.
I don’t imply that staying morbidly obese is a healthy choice, but it is a better choice to be morbidly obese and getting checkups than being morbidly obese and never visiting a doctor.
Do not let the weight defeat you. You are stronger than that!