Most of the time, weight gain creeps up on us. It happens so slowly and steadily that you don’t even realize it’s happening until you see a picture of yourself or your little black dress no longer fits right. At ARR Medical Group, we think everyone needs to know about the signs that it’s time for weight management.
If you carry excess weight, especially around your neck, obstructive sleep apnea can result. This condition is characteristic of loud snoring that sounds like gasping. If you have it, you may stop breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time repeatedly while you sleep. Since your blood is not properly oxygenated, you may awaken several times throughout the night and feel poorly rested the next day. If you are overweight or obese, see a specialist for weight management before you spend your hard-earned money on a sleep specialist.
Your Joints Hurt
If your back, hips or knees ache, you may need weight management. Achy joints aren’t something you have to live with. If you lose weight, your pain may dull or be resolved altogether. Over time, the pressure placed on your joints by excess weight can wear down the tissue around your joints. Eventually, even sitting or lying in one position for too long can become uncomfortable. Don’t let it get to that point.
You Get Winded Walking Up Stairs
Everyone, from toddlers to octogenarians, can walk up stairs without getting winded. If you become winded during daily activities, like walking up stairs, it’s not because of your age. When you carry excess weight, your respiratory capacity diminishes. The solution isn’t to take the elevator. It’s to work out your heart and lungs while losing weight to keep them strong and improve your VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake).
Your Clothes Don’t Fit Anymore
Do you have to shimmy into the jeans you’ve been wearing for six years? They haven’t magically shrunk in the dryer overnight. You’ve been steadily gaining weight for the past several years, and now your pants are too small for your hips. This is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is a sign that it’s time to seek weight management services.
You Have Weight-Related Health Conditions
It’s common knowledge that excess weight leads to potentially life-threatening health conditions. These include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiac arrest, heart disease and high cholesterol. If you’re pre-diabetic or have high blood pressure or cholesterol, it’s time to seek weight management help.
You Struggle to Exercise
The heavier you are, the harder it is to exercise. If you struggle to keep up with your kids in your backyard or turn down basketball with your friends every week because it’s too taxing, you may need to consider weight management.
Do you look in the mirror and believe you need help with weight management? If so, contact us today at ARR Medical Group and book a consultation at our office in San Juan, PR. We look forward to hearing from you!