9 Ways You’re Wrecking Your Body, Say Doctors

Are you wrecking your body , without even knowing it? Chances are, the answer is yes. From sleep and hygiene habits to diet and exercise, there are a variety of ways that many people are unknowingly damaging their health. Eat This, Not That! surveyed some of the top experts in the country, who revealed some of the most surprising ways you may be destroying your body and mind. Read on to learn what they had to say—more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You May Have Already Had COVID . Tired woman snoring loudly in the bed Ignoring your snoring and poor sleep at night is a big no-no when it comes to your health, Darren P. Mareiniss, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, reveals. "It may be a sign of sleep apnea and you may need a sleep study," he explains. The results of ignoring this may result in a variety of health ramifications including daytime drowsiness. "Motor vehicle collisions are 2 to 3 times more common in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea," he notes. There can also be neuropsychiatric issues as a result. "OSA can result in more inattention, memory and cognitive deficits," he said. Additionally, it can impact your cardiovascular system, increasing risk of hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Finally there can be pulmonary issues stemming from it, including pulmonary hypertension and right sided heart failure. Full-figured young woman in a pink shirt feeling depressed Albert Do, MD , clinical director of the Fatty Liver Disease Program at Yale Medicine and assistant professor, Yale School of Medicine points out that there are over 200 complications which have been reported due to excess weight and obesity. "They range across all organs of the body, and many of which can be silent until only until a disease becomes severe," he explains. For example, diabetes (elevated blood sugar) can cause damage to multiple organs including your nerves, kidneys, eyes, and lead to a heart attack. Similarly, fatty liver disease can cause liver inflammation, scarring, and severe scarring also known as cirrhosis. Luckily, there is something you can do about obesity. "Weight loss of as little as 5% has been found to improve many obesity-related diseases, and can go a long way in improving health as well as quality of life," Dr. Do points out.

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