Benefits of Moderate Weight Loss

Spring 2005 CSANews Issue 54  |  Posted date : May 17, 2007.Back to list

Moderate weight loss has received increasing attention as a strategy for those who are overweight or obese. And, unlike many weight-loss programs in which most people regain the majority of the weight they initially lost, this type of weight loss is more likely to be maintained over a longer period of time.

The January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers potential benefits from moderate, sustained weight loss:

Hypertension – Several studies have shown that moderate weight loss – around five per cent – can reduce or eliminate the need for medications that lower blood pressure.

Diabetes – Studies of people at high risk of diabetes showed that moderate weight loss resulting from dietary changes and moderate exercise can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes. A weight loss of five to seven per cent was linked to a 58 per cent reduced risk of diabetes.

Heart Disease – Ten per cent weight reduction may diminish your lifetime risk of developing heart disease by as much as four per cent.

Stroke – Sustained moderate weight loss may reduce the risk of stroke.

Sleep Apnea – One study compared the prevalence of this sleep disorder in overweight participants before and after weight loss. Those who lost a moderate amount of weight experienced a 14 to 26 per cent decline in the number of occurrences of abnormal overnight breathing.

Life Expectancy – Depending on your age and body mass, a sustained 10 per cent weight loss can increase life expectancy.