Obesity's Duration Can Increase Disease Risk
Mercy’s Dr. Jeffrey Landsman discusses how duration of obesity can impact your health.
The duration of obesity can raise a person's risk of disease.
It's no secret obesity carries major risks to long-term health. Now, new research shows the duration of one's obesity has a significant impact on the likelihood of developing cardio-metabolic diseases.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Landsman, a primary care provider at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville, these diseases include diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
"Being overweight can make you insulin resistant, so your body doesn't respond as well to insulin. And that leads to sugar running higher over time. When your sugar is high, it leads to pre-diabetes and diabetes, which can damage the heart, damage the blood vessels," Dr. Landsman said.
The study illustrates the importance of delaying the onset of obesity. But once obese, it is possible to reduce your cardio-metabolic disease risk with weight loss.
View Mercy primary care physician Dr. Jeffrey Landsman's interview regarding obesity and related diseases.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.