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"Millions of overweight baby boomers are on the fast track to becoming disabled senior citizens, a possibility that could have dire repercussions for them and for the nation's already overburdened nursing home system.

This rise in disability is likely to increase future nursing home populations by 10% to 25% over current projections."
Obese boomers face immobile future, Nancy Hellmich, USA Today
Excess weight and obesity linked to insulin resistance can be underlying causes of heart disease, which, if neglected, may result in a heart attack or stroke.

People suffering from excess weight and obesity often have elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. These conditions can be among the symptoms of metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), a cluster of risk factors which damage the cardiovascular system.

Insulin resistance can also be a crucial factor because it increases your risk of developing reversible pre-diabetes. If left unchecked, insulin resistance -- an imbalance of glucose and insulin -- can lead to the onset of type 2 diabetes, which is irreversible in the vast majoity of cases and may require daily injections of insulin. Type 2 diabetes sharply increases the likelihood of heart disease as well as being an elevated risk factor for blindness, kidney disease and the need for amputation.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a broad term that describes any disorder that can impact the functioning of the heart muscle itself or the whole cardiovascular system. Conditions that contribute to heart disease include high blood pressure (hypertension), arteriosclerosis (the build-up of calcium deposits on the artery wall) and atherosclerosis (an accumulation of fatty deposits on the artery wall).

The causes of heart disease include: elevated LDL "bad" cholesterol, low HDL "good" cholesterol, excess weight or obesity, hypertension or high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cigarette smoking and lack of physical activity. Many of these are underlying conditions found in both insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

Excess Weight and Heart Disease Chronic high levels of glucose and insulin are classic symptoms of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. One of the primary risk factors for atherosclerosis, a form of hardening of the arteries, is elevated triglycerides. The biggest risk factor for increasing the production of triglycerides is the rate of your insulin secretion.

Insulin is produced in your pancreas and released into the circulatory system where it is the key to the absorption of glucose by your cells for energy. If your cells resist insulin, then both insulin and glucose build up in your blood. Excess insulin leads to weight gain and high blood pressure – both precursors to cardiovascular disease.

As insulin comes in contact with the interior wall of the arteries, it damages the tissue, causing the initial injury that produces plaque. Therefore, having insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome directly cause changes in the blood lipids and overall cardiovascular system that contribute to the formation of heart disease.

Recommendations for reducing heart disease risk are the same as those for reducing insulin resistance, namely decreasing insulin, balancing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. It all involves managing weight gain to minimize current symptoms and an attempt to delay or prevent worsening of the underlying conditions that lead to heart disease.

Excess weight and obesity may also linked to the onset of inflammation. For more information, click on Inflammation, insulin resistance and Weight Issues.

This can be accomplished through careful food choices and regular exercise leading to weight loss. But a multi-faceted approach is clearly necessary to address all the symptoms of these conditions.

A complete system is required that includes nutraceuticals (vitamins, herbs and minerals that are disease-specific), a realistic exercise program combined with nutritional guidance and a support network that will help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Click here to read about the unique new Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity, which can help reverse weight gain and prevent the heart disease complications that accompany it. One of the formulations, Meta-OmegaX, contains omega-3 fatty acids that can lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and raise HDL "good" cholesterol levels for improved heart health.

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Kelly D. Brownell and Derek Yach,
Foreign Policy,
Nov 1, 2005
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"There is a clear and consistent scientific literature showing pervasive bias against overweight people. It is logical that the bias begets discrimination. There is now sufficient evidence of discrimination to suggest it may be powerful and occurs across important areas of living.

Studies on employment have shown hiring prejudice in laboratory studies. Subjects report being less inclined to hire an overweight person than a thin person, even with identical qualifications. Individuals make negative inferences about obese persons in the workplace, feeling that such people are lazy, lack self-discipline, and are less competent. One might expect these attributions to affect wages, promotions, and disciplinary actions, and such seems to be the case.

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Rebecca Puhl and Kelly D. Brownell, Bias, Discrimination, and Obesity, Obesity Research 9:788-805 (2001)
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"Middle-age people who are overweight but have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels are kidding themselves if they think their health is just fine." "Northwestern University researchers tracked 17,643 patients for three decades and found that being overweight in mid-life substantially increased the risk of dying of heart disease later in life – even in people who began the study with healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels."
Obesity may be an independent risk factor for heart problems, MSNBC
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"Simply losing 5-7% of your body fat (typically 10-15 pounds) and increasing your physical activity by taking a brisk walk 4-5 times a week can reduce your risk of developing Type II Diabetes by almost 60%."
Diabetes Prevention Program study 2001, study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, et al.
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"The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Thirty-four percent of adults are overweight and an additional 30% are obese. Thus, 2 of every 3 Americans have an unhealthy body weight. Obesity contributes to over 300,000 deaths per year, principally through its association with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several cancers. Obesity currently is the second leading cause of preventable death and will soon surpass cigarette smoking, the leading cause. Health economists estimate that obesity costs our nation approximately $100 billion a year. And these figures say nothing about the personal suffering of those affected by obesity."
Testimony of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, 9.15.2004 (.PDF)

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