5 Health Reasons To Lose 10 Pounds From Dr. Oz

by Shannon on October 3, 2010

If you’ve ever seen Dr. Oz‘s show, you know that he is all about promoting the things that will make you the healthiest so you can get the best out of life.  Now, he’s promoting his new weight loss challenge, Just 10, which encourages everyone to lose at least 10 pounds, if only to gain the health benefits from losing the weight.  He’s even got just 10 very compelling reasons to lose 10 pounds that have nothing to do with your appearance or self esteem.

The benefits of losing just 10 pounds are enormous for your heart, liver, knees, pancreas and blood pressure. The incidence of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis can be cut in half,” Dr. Oz explains.

5 of the 10 Reasons To Lose Just 10 Pounds:

Lower Your Cholesterol. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between being overweight and high LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. It is bad because while circulating through your blood, it deposits plaque in the your arteries that can lead to blockages as it narrows the arteries. Conversely, increasing your HDL (good cholesterol levels) stops LDL from being deposited into your arteries.  This can be accomplished by exercising regular and partaking of a healthy diet.

Losing just 10 pounds could possibly lower your cholesterol by at least 10%.

Lower Your Blood Pressure. Your blood pressure is the measure of the amount of pressure on your artery walls and too much plaque build up on the artery walls increases blood pressure.  Increased blood pressure causes the heart walls to thicken, increasing risk of heart failure due to the heart having to work harder.  Additionally, hypertension can lead to kidney damage or failure.

Losing just 10 pounds decreases blood pressure, reducing risk of heart and kidney problems.

Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk. High LDL levels and high blood pressure both contribute to heart attack risk as the artery walls narrow and the heart works harder. When the coronary artery becomes completely blocked oxygen can no longer reach the heart.  Lack of oxygen to the heart can be fatal.

Losing just 10 pounds can reduce your heart attack risk by at least 50%.

Reduce Your Risk For Dementia. Too much visceral fat, abdominal fat around the internal organs (AKA belly fat).  These fat cells release chemicals into the body that cause inflammation, resulting in memory loss and an increased risk for dementia.  The risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s is actually increased by any kind of fat because high blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause silent strokes, occurring without any symptoms but still cutting off oxygen to the brain.  Every time the brain is without oxygen it is at a higher risk for developing dementia.

Losing just 10 pounds can reduce your risk for having one or more strokes that may cause dementia.

Reduce Your Risk of Developing Sleep Apnea, a potentially fatal sleeping disorder.  Obesity causes extra tissue to develop on the walls of the windpipe, narrowing your airway. Due to the smaller airway, the tongue and tonsils tend to be in the way when a person is lying down.  Your body cannot take in enough oxygen and is shocked awake by the brain in order to take in more oxygen.  You can potentially be awakened hundreds of times a night, resulting in a chronic feeling of fatigue due to lack of sleep.  You may not even realize you have sleep apnea.

Losing just 10 pounds can effectively widen the airway, allowing you to breath correctly though the night as well and sleeping well increases your levels of leptin, the hormone that signals your belly is full, possibly helping you lose even more weight.

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