Dropping a few pounds makes you look and feel better — but getting down to a healthy body weight has dozens of other pluses, including some health benefits that researchers are just discovering. For example, there appears to be a relationship between weight loss and arthritis and even weight loss and allergies. Here are some more ways weight loss can improve your health. Fewer Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
At first glance, weight loss and allergies seem totally unrelated. But Michael Wald, MD, an integrated medicine specialist in Mount Kisco, N.Y., says that one absolutely impacts the other. “For some people, being overweight contributes to worsened asthma and allergies," Dr.
Wald says. "It puts a burden on the adrenal glands
, which are involved in managing asthma and allergies. Being overweight is also a strain upon the respiratory system and can exacerbate asthma symptoms.”
Less Foot Pain
Less weight means less pressure on the part of your body that bears most of that pressure — your feet. A recent study of people who lost an average of 90 pounds after bariatric surgery found that their complaints of foot pain dropped by 83 percent. Pestered by foot pain? Getting tootsie relief is great weightloss motivation.
Wald says that being overweight can affect your skin in many ways.“Skin elasticity and color are known to be altered by problems with nutrition, and diets high in carbohydrates and sugar can cause skin pallor and skin tags,” he says. Darkness around the eyes can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia, protein anemia, diabetes, or stress from a variety of sources.”
Weight loss and arthritis have a strong connection that’s tied to inflammation in the body. A number of studies have noted that weight loss improves arthritis pain
. A recent study of 87 older adults with knee arthritis found that those in a weightloss group reduced their pain and improved their function significantly over a control group that did not lose any weight.
When you’re overweight, your entire system is out of balance, and this includes the hormones that impact your mood. As a result, losing weight can increase your