Addressing Obesity

How much weight loss is needed to improve health?

Losing 5% to 10% of your weight may reduce your health risks. A realistic weight loss of 5% to 10% can improve health conditions and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases like1-6:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Bad cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea

It is important to work with your health care professional to develop a comprehensive and individualized approach to weight management.


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  6. Foster G, Borradaile K, Sanders M, et al. A randomized study on the effect of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnea among obese patients with Type 2 Diabetes: The Sleep AHEAD Study. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(17):1619-1626

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.