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Health Risks of Obesity

If you need a dose of reality about the health risks associated with diabetes, check out this formidable list: Type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and lipids, sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, osteoarthritis of the knee, fatty liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, low back pain, impotence, and some cancers, notably breast, uterine, and colon. The risk for these health problems to occur with obesity are strongest before age 55, and after age 74, there is no longer an association between obesity and the aforementioned diseases.

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