What does it feel like to be fat? It feels like crap, honestly. Nobody wants to carry extra kilos on their body. Being called a fat, well, quite a few depressing words can sum that up. In short, it’s embarrassing, humiliating, lonely at times and painful. It’s amazing how a few extra pounds can dictate the way you behave and lead your life.
Obesity gift loads of unwanted things – diseases. It’s a struggle to get up in the morning. You have aches and pains in places, someone, your age shouldn’t have. Your back hurts, your feet hurt. Your joints. Walking a far distance seems easy in theory, you remember being able to do it before. Then you suddenly decide to get a fit body or back but there are few diseases which become an obstacle in your journey. Most digestive issues lead to poor absorption of food that can cause lead to weight loss. But there are a few situations in which our intestinal health can contribute to weight gain.
Here are 5 such diseases that also have a role for adding extra pounds to your body:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
It is the common generally diagnosed gastrointestinal (GI) condition and can lead to other digestive problems like food sensitivities and imbalance of good bacteria. This can further cause bloating and chronic inflammation and can be a cause of weight gain. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation.
Our bowel contains both good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria helps to reduce the inflammation and keeps your health in check. The problem arises when the amount of bacteria grows drastically, which can lead to weight gain. First, the bacteria increase the production of methane gas, which can slow down the functioning of the small intestine. Secondly, bacteria overgrowth can slow down your metabolism and can affect your insulin and leptin resistance, both of which can regulate hunger and satiety. You are likely to eat more and put on weight.
The primary symptom is persistent pain that lasts weeks to years. A person suffering from chronic disease is provided with steroid treatment, which is usually the first step. The steroid can increase the craving for carbs, as a result, you will eat more and put on weight.
Upper abdominal pain is a common symptom. The uncomfortable ulcers develop in the inner lining of the stomach or small intestine. It usually produces a lot of acids. Just like acid reflux, eating food can give comfort from ulcer for a while as it covers the lining and neutralizes the stomach acid. If you are eating more frequently, it can obviously lead to weight gain.
Acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a painful, burning sensation in the lower chest, which is caused when stomach acid rises back into your esophagus. For people suffering from this problem, comfort foods help to reduce the pain. Eating food provides them relief temporarily as the food and saliva neutralize the acid for a while. But the real problem is after the digestion process is completed, the acid production increases again. This way people get stuck in the habit of overeating and in the end, gain weight. Relief from lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medication is usually temporary. Stronger medication may be required.
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