According to a recent study from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, obese or overweight young adults have a greater chance of suffering from pancreatic cancer later on, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported.
Older adults that do have pancreatic cancer also have an increased risk of death if they are obese or overweight, according to the study.
Here are other problems that obesity can lead to, according to the CDC:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
With all of these possible problems, it is best to start a healthy and active lifestyle when you're young. However, it's not too late if you're older. Get a buddy to work out and eat healthy with so it's easier to stick to a health and fitness plan.
Obesity can be prevented, though it's not always easy. When exercising and eating healthy gets tough, think of all the health problems you're avoiding!