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Q: Are pain and other issues your obstacles to health?

Posted January 22, 2014 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: More than 60 percent of adults in the U.S. are either overweight or obese, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.

Getting healthy can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. You need to have the what and how, but most importantly, you need the why. Once all three of these are in sync it creates a habit, and then you are unstoppable. The answer is changing your lifestyle, taking responsibility of your health. It’s not too late, and it’s easier than you think. Drugs, diet pills and extreme diets are not long-term solutions and usually bring dangerous side effects. Diets and exercise fads will end up costing you in the long run with no sustainable results. A consultation with a chiropractor is particularly important when you consider the effects of obesity on the spine and body — osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain, joint pain and exercise often cause overweight people to avoid physical activity and exercise when they need it most. Chiropractic can get you moving. Why weight? Get healthy. Check out and see how easy it is.

Answer provided by Dr. Wesley Nyberg, Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic, 710 Alice’s Road, 978-6661.

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