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Karina Hooper
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Naples
Bariatrics & Medical Weight Management
ThinSlim Medical Weight Loss Center
1656 Medical Blvd., Suite 302
Naples
FL
34110

Diabetes runs in my family. I am overweight and worried that I will get diabetes, too. If I lose weight, will I reduce my risk of getting this disease?
Yes! There is a strong link between diabetes and excess weight. As your weight goes up, so does your likelihood of developing diabetes. Family history also increases your risk for the disease. Those who are severely overweight have a ten to fifteen times greater risk of developing diabetes than individuals of a normal weight. You can, however reduce your risk. Lose weight.

I should be concerned about the effects of excess weight on our health. What are the health benefits of maintaining an ideal weight?
According to the National Institutes of Health, people who are obese are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and are at greater risk for heart disease and some kinds of cancer. Losing even ten to twenty pounds will reduce your health risks. Just as important- consider losing the weight to feel better. Do it not just for your health but for your life.

I want to lose some weight. I am concerned that if I start a program now I will just end up quitting because of all the summer activities  How do I stay motivated?
Just think, by beginning your weight loss efforts now you could have 10 lbs off by August 1st instead of having 10 more lbs to lose! Look for a personalized plan that allows for indulgences but that also fits your active lifestyle. If you really want to lose your weight get started now!  With the right program you can still enjoy your summer fun while you celebrate your success.

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