Monday, June 16, 2008

Obesity, Increased Risk and Decreased Risk of Disease

Obesity is associated with hypertension, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, heart attacks, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, uterine or breast or kidney or colon cancer, liver disease, infertility, birth defects, carpal tunnel syndrome, venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, poor wound healing, gout, kidney stones, gastroesophageal reflux, psoriasis, dementia, rhinoliquorrhea (what ever THAT is), atrial fibrillation, asthma and big butts.

But (no pun intended) you knew that already. Can you name two conditions for which obesity may LOWER the risk? Answers here and here.

Extra credit: name a cancer for which tobacco use may lower the risk. Answer here.

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