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NonDrug Pain Management Ideas: Pain Management Through Weight Loss

Most of us have heard the term "obesity epidemic" over and over again in recent times.  Most of us are also aware that being overweight is unhealthy, and sets the stage  for many other health disorders if left unaddressed.  Diabetes, hypertension,sleep disorders, and heart disease are only some of the many potential issues that can occur when a person is overweight.  Being even moderately overweight can wreak havoc on the human body.

Did you ever stop to think that of being overweight can have an impact on chronic pain?
Visualize how you might feel while carrying around a 20 pound bag of potatoes.
Or as an experiment, try it out on your next trip to the market!  When you put the bag down, it simply feels just so much better!  The trouble is, when someone is overweight, they can't "put it down"...so it gets carried everywhere, all day and night, causing pain and accelerated deterioration of the spine, hips and knees. Many hip and knee replacements could be postponed for years due to slowed progression of arthritis and other types of joint damage that occur over time when those extra pounds are shed!







If you or someone you know has chronic pain and has a few pounds to lose, a weight loss plan might be just the thing.  It does take effort, but the benefits are well worth it!




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