The link between Obesity and High Blood Pressure
Being obese puts you at risk of having serious health issues, including high blood pressure or hypertension. Having high blood pressure raises your risk of having heart problems and other severe health problems.
How Does Obesity Affect Blood Pressure?
When you are obese, your body needs to circulate more blood through your arteries and blood vessels. This puts additional pressure on the walls of these structures, which can lead to high blood pressure.
Does Being Overweight Make Your Blood Pressure Go Up?
Having excess weight can cause your blood pressure to increase. Since there is more blood flowing through your blood vessels and arteries, you can expect there to be more pressure inside them.
Does Obesity Alone Cause Hypertension?
Obesity does not cause hypertension, although it can contribute to it. Other factors can increase your risk of high blood pressure, such as kidney problems, thyroid conditions, obstructive sleep apnea, and a family history of hypertension. Other risk factors include having an inactive lifestyle, eating a diet with a lot of salt and being a smoker.
Can Reducing Weight Reduce Blood Pressure?
Losing weight can help you lower your blood pressure. When you lose excess weight, this takes the additional pressure off of your blood vessel and arterial walls. Losing weight also helps lower your risk of other health conditions that are associated with high blood pressure.
What Part of the Body Does Obesity Affect?
Obesity can cause a high amount of fat to accumulate in your abdominal area. While you can also gain weight in other parts of your body, having too much in your abdominal area or stomach is associated with a higher risk of health issues, including high blood pressure.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Obesity?
When you are obese, you can develop serious health conditions. In addition to hypertension, other health issues that can occur include heart disease and diabetes. Keep in mind that high blood pressure that is left untreated can put you at a higher risk of having serious health problems.
What Are the Dangers of Obesity?
If you do not lose weight or don’t maintain a healthy weight overall, you can face a higher risk of heart attacks, stroke, and other potentially life-threatening conditions. Dementia and other cognitive difficulties are also linked to obesity and high blood pressure.
Are the Effects of Obesity Reversible?
You can reverse some health effects that are linked to obesity. When you lose weight, you have a better chance of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. This can help lower your risk of getting heart disease or other health problems associated with hypertension and obesity.
If you’re trying to lose weight or need treatment for high blood pressure, schedule a consultation with the experts at Weight Loss and Wellness Center. Our center is dedicated to helping our clients achieve their weight loss goals.
Dr. Saniea F. Majid, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is our founder, director, and award-winning surgeon with more than 10 years of experience treating patients. She is the President of the New Jersey state chapter of ASMBS, a member of the Board of Directors at New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance, and Chair of the Post Operative Weight Recurrence Task Force (POWER). Dr. Majid has devoted her life to helping people like you lose weight and transform their lives and not only started and directed the Metabolic and Bariatric Center at Saint Michaels Medical Center but also achieved the National Center of Excellence. Dr. Majid is one of only three bariatric doctors and surgeons featured in the 2023 Healthy Living magazine published by NJ Top Docs. She is also a regular guest speaker for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) where she trains bariatric surgeons on the latest methods and techniques.