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Excess Weight and HypertensionExcess weight and obesity can be factors in hypertension, or high blood pressure, a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease.

If left untreated, hypertension can also be a factor in kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

Hypertension is a common condition which can remain asymptomatic (undiagnosed) until relatively late in its course. Several studies have indicated that insulin resistance and resulting hyperinsulinemia (elevated insulin in the blood) can lead to unhealthy blood pressure levels. This is because elevated levels of insulin can be a factor in atherosclerosis, a build-up of fatty deposits which directly affects the diameter of the inside of the blood vessel.

Your blood pressure is determined by cardiac output – how much blood the heart is pumping per beat, total peripheral resistance and how easily the blood is pumped to the farthest points of the body. Blood pressure itself is affected by various factors, such as genetics, lifestyle, and environment. Unhealthy blood pressure, can increase your chance for Cardiovascular Disease.

Think of your vascular system as a complex, interlocking web of hoses, similar to the garden variety. The smaller the size of the hose, the more pressure on all of the other hoses in the body as less blood flows through per minute. The heart must pump harder to get blood to distant sites through the decreased diameter of vessels. This can increase the pressure on the entire cardiovascular system, causing unhealthy blood pressure.

Atherosclerosis occurs when deposits of fatty substances like cholesterol, cellular waste products and fibrous tissue build up in the inner lining of an artery. This build-up is commonly called plaque and most scientists agree it begins with damage to the innermost layer of the artery wall. Damage can occur from elevated levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, high blood pressure, tobacco smoke and Type 2 Diabetes can be a factor.

Chronic elevations of glucose and insulin can be symptoms of Insulin Resistance, an underlying factor in excess weight, and obesity. One risk factor for atherosclerosis can be elevated level of triglycerides. Iincreaed production of triglycerides can be related to insulin secretion.

As insulin comes in contact with the interior wall of the arteries, it can be caustic to the tissue and can cause the initial injury that can produce plaque. As plaque builds up on the interior wall of the arteries, the circumference of the arteries can decrease, thus increasing the pressure of the blood rushing through the entire vascular system.

Excess Weight and HypertensionThis complex interaction can become a health concern when high blood pressure rises in unhealthy levels. Hypertension makes your heart work harder than normal and, as a result, both the heart and arteries are more prone to injury. High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage, and congestive heart failure. If you have hypertension, suffer from excess weight or obesity, smoke or have high cholesterol levels or type 2 diabetes, your risk for Cardiovascular Disease can increase dramatically.

Untreated high blood pressure can force your heart to work harder to pump enough blood and oxygen to your body's organs and tissues. It also damages arteries and arterioles, the very small arteries that connect larger arteries to tiny capillaries. Arterial damage can be a serious health issue because hardened or narrowed arteries may not be able to supply enough blood to your body's organs effecting their ability to function properly. In addition, plaque may dislodge from the sides of the artery wall, forming a blockage in another part of your body and causing a heart attack, or stroke.

Excess weight and obesity can also be factors in the onset of inflammation. For more information, click on Inflammation, insulin resistance and Weight Issues.

There are pharmaceuticals that can help lower blood pressure to healthy levels but there is currently no single drug that will completely reverse excess weight and obesity or insulin resistance. Instead, you must rely on a multi-faceted approach to improving these conditions.

What's needed is a complete system, including potent nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and botanicals formualted to address specific conditions), a realistic exercise program combined with nutritional guidance, and a support network, including free consultation with our Consulting and Advisory teams, that will help support a healthy lifestyle

Click here to read about a scientific breakthrough called the Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity, which can help you manage hypertension and the risk for cardiovascular disease. A key formulation of the system is known as Meta-OmegaX, which features omega-3 fatty acids that can help you lower unhealthy levels of triglycerides, and LDL "bad" cholesterol.

Excess weight and obesity can be factors in diabetes.

You may be interested in some related information on Hypertension and the Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity. You may be interested in some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Insulite Excess Weight and Obesity System.

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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."
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