If you are a plus size man, woman, or teenager, then chances are good that you already know that being overweight can lead to a variety of health problems, some more potentially life-altering than others. While you may know some of the most serious, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, you may not know that some health problems could be contributing to weight gain or problems with weight loss. Here are a few reasons that going to the doctor could help you jumpstart your weight loss program and begin feeling better, in no particular order.
You may not even realize that you have a problem. Some health problems offer very few symptoms, and these may not even seem like symptoms to the average person. For example: thyroid problems can lead to problems losing weight, and can cause weight gain in some cases. There are other side effects of an underactive thyroid that can reduce your self-esteem, such as hair loss or headaches, and these can be more severe for women. Regular checkups with your doctor, and occasional blood work, can monitor for thyroid problems. If you know that you have issues with hypothyroidism, it is important to take your medicine and have regular checkups to check for changes in your levels.
For most people, it is difficult to take time out of your busy schedule for things like doctor visits when you do not feel sick. It can seem like a waste of money when you go twice or more per year, only to discover that your health is generally good, especially when you are dreading the discussion about weight that will generally come from a good doctor. However, getting to the root cause of weight gain and dealing with weight loss are critical, as it is an issue that can have long-reaching affects on your quality of life as you age.
You may not know that your problem is growing worse. You may already be well aware of your health issues through visits with a doctor in the past. Even if you do not feel like anything has changed, keeping regularly scheduled appointments for well-being checkups is an important and valuable way to monitor the problems so that they do not become debilitating issues that spiral out of control. Do what your doctor tells you to do in order to take care of yourself, whether that means cutting out the sweets or giving up your saltshaker to start. Monitor your blood sugar if diabetes is the problem, keep track of your blood pressure if high blood pressure is the issue, and take your prescribed medicines as instructed.
Feeling the same may not be an indication that the condition is stabilized, or even that it is getting better. In fact, unless you are feeling significantly different, it could actually be an early warning sign that more preventive measures are needed to avoid problems later. Sometimes, the best medicine for avoiding health complications later in life is being aware of a problem while it is a small issue and dealing with it then instead of waiting until it blossoms into a full-blown crisis.
Your medications could be making other problems worse. If you began taking medicine for a problem before you started gaining weight, or your weight has seriously increased since you started taking the medication, see your doctor. It could be contributing to or causing the weight problem, and the risks involved with severe weight gain may outweigh any potential good that the medicine may offer. Your doctor can tell you more, or speak to a licensed, professional pharmacist for prescription information and what side effects are common with a particular drug.
If the medicine did not cause or contribute to the weight gain, it still may counteract any diet plan that you are struggling with. Be sure that you have consulted your doctor before starting any weight loss plan, and make sure to remind him/her of any prescription, over-the-counter, supplemental, herbal, or even recreational drugs that you take.