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Doctor insights on: Does Being Overweight Shorten Your Lifespan

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I'm very overweight but losing now, just wondering.. if being overweight shortens lifespan, will get/staying slim erase that, or am I already doomed?

I'm very overweight but losing now, just wondering.. if being overweight shortens lifespan, will get/staying slim erase that, or am I already doomed?

Don't have answer: Hi. Unfortunately, that hasn't been studied. It's a good question, but we don't know the answer. If I had to speculate based on best evidence available, I believe that if you acquire and maintain ideal BMI, you'll erase that shortening. So live healthily, and don't assume you're "doomed". Good luck! ...Read more

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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Will a pnuemothorax shorten my lifespan?

Will a pnuemothorax shorten my lifespan?

No: But really depends on the cause of the pneumothorax was it trauma ? Then it should have no bearing on lifespan after full treatment . However if related to asthma , emphysema or lung cancer then longevity is relate to the severity of the undetrlying disease. ...Read more

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Does pbc shorten lifespan?

Does pbc shorten lifespan?

Maybe: There are several models that calculate predicted survival, including outcomes after liver transplant for patients with pbc (http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/gi-rst/models.Html). However, prognosis for pbc has improved greatly over the last 20 years. Now, many patients with early stage pbc may have a normal life expectancy with treatment. ...Read more

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If RA is left untreated does it shorten your lifespan?

If RA is left untreated does it shorten your lifespan?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease which means that the entire body is under attack not just the joints. Due to the widespread inflammation, internal organs can be affected such as the lungs, blood vessels, heart, and other organs. The good news is that newer medicines are lessening the burden of rheumatoid inflammation. Thus, prompt diagnosis and treatment have become even more important. ...Read more

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Can taking narcotics on & off for pain shorten my lifespan?

Can taking narcotics on & off for pain shorten my lifespan?

Narcotics: The use of the word narcotic implies the use of medication for reasons other than medical (ie innapropriate or illegal use). Based on this definition then YES especially is you overdose you could die. ...Read more

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Does the consumption of alcohol shorten your lifespan by increased cell division?

Does the consumption of alcohol shorten your lifespan by increased cell division?

No. just no.: First, it isn't at all clear that mild drinking SHORTENS lifespan--it pretty much has always been associated with decreased cardiac events. Second, Bone marrow is the organ affected by loss of stem cell function first, Although alcoholics MAY have bone marrow inhibition from a variety of reasons, it can clear up with abstinence. ...Read more

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Is it true that if your below a BMI of 18, 5-20 your lifespan might be shortened? I'm naturally very slim 17bmi bc i'm 6ft tall it's very hard to gain

Is it true that if your below a BMI of 18, 5-20 your lifespan might be shortened? I'm naturally very slim 17bmi bc i'm 6ft tall it's very hard to gain

It's hard to know : Your bmi is low. I think a lot depends upon why your bmi is low. If many family members have low bmi and they are long-lived, there is probably little reason to worry. On the other hand, if you have other health conditions affecting your weight such as uncontrolled diabetes, substance abuse, eating disorders, or other chronic diseases, it is probably those disease rather than the bmi itself. ...Read more

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Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

Pituitary tumor: It really depends on the type of tumor, its surgical removal or treatment by therapy. Some of these tumors are benign and with treatment can lead to a normal lifespan - it is all based on the tumor type and the available treatment. ...Read more

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Do allergies shorten lifespan by shorten the length of telomeres? And could it increase the risk of getting cancer?

Do allergies shorten lifespan by shorten the length of telomeres? And could it increase the risk of getting cancer?

No and no: When some (not all) of our cells divide, the telomeres shorten. However, it is as foolish to attribute the natural aging process to this as it is to free radical damage. The cells that bear the brunt of aging (neurons connective tissue fibroblasts) don't divide much during life. You're 20 years old. If you've been told you're "allergic to everything", get a 2nd opinion. Life's hard as is. ...Read more