The popular new year’s resolution to diet also has the less obvious benefit of preventing long-term pain
Milwaukee, Wis. – Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans pledge to make New Year’s resolutions each year, and health-related goals consistently rank among the most popular. People make these resolutions to look or feel better in the coming year, but there are also significant long-term pain prevention benefits if one’s weight is decreased as a result.
According to physicians at Advanced Pain Management (APM), maintaining a proper weight and basic level of fitness is crucial to protect one’s spine and various joints from excessive strain and wear and tear. In fact, according to APM, those who are overweight are at greater risk for low back pain, sleep disorders, spinal disc pain and joint pain, due to added weight-related strain on the spine and joints such as the knees, hips and ankles.
“Obesity is one of the most prevalent, yet almost always preventable, chronic disorders of the 21st century, and therefore, anytime is a good time for one to commit to addressing their own weight challenges, but perhaps none is better than the start of the new year,” said Satvinder Dhesi, MD, a physician with Advanced Pain Management in southeastern Wisconsin.
In fact, according to recent studies, more than 66 percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese.
“Losing weight is the best way to decrease obesity-related pain, but there are certainly other things to consider,” said Dr. Dhesi. “The ability to lose weight requires individuals to be both healthy and active. There are many elements that can help patients reduce stress and become more active, including physical therapy, interventional pain procedures, supportive shoes, walking assistance devices, and even investing in a supportive mattress.”
Along with decreasing pain or one’s risk for long-term, chronic pain, other weight loss benefits include:
By losing 5-10 percent of body weight, blood pressure is lowered and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is reduced.
Lowering body weight can improve sleep apnea and other sleep problems.
90 percent of all diabetes, 80 percent of heart disease and 60 percent of cancers are preventable with healthier lifestyles and normal body weight.
“We encourage everyone to choose healthier eating and exercise habits in the New Year,” said Dr. Dhesi. “Weight loss is really the first step in an overall healthier life.”
Advanced Pain Management is one of the largest pain management groups in the country, with more than 25 board-certified/eligible physicians offering the most advanced techniques for pain control. Advanced Pain Management physicians staff clinics in more than 35 locations in metro Milwaukee, the greater Madison area, Racine, Sheboygan and Green Bay. You can find Advanced Pain Management online at www.apmhealth.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.