If you think you must lose a lot of weight in order to get healthier, consider this: A moderate sustained weight loss—losing five to ten percent of your body weight—-can provide significant risk reduction or improvement of many health conditions.
For someone weighing 200 pounds, losing just 10 to 20 pounds may help reduce:
1. The need for high blood pressure medication. (In many cases it can eliminate it.)
2. Blood glucose, triglycerides and insulin resistance—-factors in the development of type 2 diabetes.
3. The risk of heart disease or stroke.
4. The number of occurrences of abnormal overnight breathing associated with sleep apnea.
Mayo Clinic Health Solutions Special Report
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