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Does obesity affect your life expectancy?

Does obesity affect your life expectancy?

Yes: Obesity can increase your risk for health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which can shorten your life expectancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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How much does being obese lower life expectancy?

How much does being obese lower life expectancy?

Many variables: This is a complicated question as your bmi and your current/future medical co- morbidities all play into the overall picture. We do know that patients are less likely to reach their expected lifespan and have higher complication rates from even the most simple surgeries. ...Read more

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How can obesity lead to a shorter life expectancy?

Metabolic Syndrome: Obesity is associated with the metabolic syndrome: Insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, reduced hdl-cholesterol levels, elevated triglycerides, and hypertension. It promotes disease in the vessels of the brain, neck, heart, aorta, kidneys, pelvic & stomach organs, and legs. Sleep apnea and arthritis are other problems related to obesity. Together, these conditions affect longevity. ...Read more

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Can having scoliosis affect your life expectancy?

Can having scoliosis affect your life expectancy?

It depend: Do u know how severe a curve you have? And if it is affecting you in other ways? What other health issues do you have? Those that will decide if it is going to effect your life expectancy or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does having a humourous personality affect your life expectancy?

Happier life: More likely to have a happy partner & stay together which in itself is known to increase life expectancy. Also less likely ever to contemplate ending your own life. I personally prefer to spend time with humerous people! ...Read more

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How does malaria affect your life expectancy?

How does malaria affect your life expectancy?

Can be fatal.: Plasmodium falciparum is the most lethal form of Malaria. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an African child dies from Malaria every minute. Risks of death are higher in people w AIDS, young children, pregnant women & their fetuses & in people from non-endemic areas. See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/ ...Read more

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Does your level of happiness affect your life expectancy?

Does your level of happiness affect your life expectancy?

Maybe: It's impossible to study, since people who take good care of themselves generally (good health habits) also do the things that promote happiness (organization, time management, work ethic, learn career and people skills). And why ask -- the fact that you wrote healthtap tells me you're more clever and smarter-living than most folks! cheers. ...Read more

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If a guy can't get sex because he can't get a girlfriend, will there be psychological damage and his life expectancy will shorten?

If a guy can't get sex because he can't get a girlfriend, will there be psychological damage and his life expectancy will shorten?

Depends: Not so much that lack of ssex with a partner will shorten his life expectancy, but there are some studies that suggest a significantly shortening of longevity due to the inability to have and sustain a meaningful relationship with another person. Not being able to connect with another person is a risk factor for an early death. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who had coarctation of the aorta but wasn't treated ?

What is the life expectancy of someone who had coarctation of the aorta but wasn't treated ?

Depends on: The severity of the narrowing. Many people are never diagnosed and simply live sedentary lives due to their nearly constant fatigue. ...Read more

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Lenox gastaut syndrome average life expectancy?

Lenox gastaut syndrome average life expectancy?

Haven't seen numbers: Haven't seen any numbers on life expectancy of lennox-gastaut patients. Maybe nobody has collected and published that information. One website reported a 3%-7% mortality in patients over a 9 year period (that sounds like 1/2 % per year). The deaths were often due to accidents. In such disorders, if a person is watched and cared for closely, he can outlive parents, and die of other natural causes. ...Read more