Live Long, Look Young

Weight management isn’t just about vanity – it’s about living longer.

Dr Vicente Mera

Dr Vicente Mera

The morbidly obese reduce their life expectancy “by 12 years for women and 16 years for men”, according to Dr Vicente Mera, from the SHA wellness clinic in Spain.

We’re getting bigger! According to the government, it’s a crisis that stands on a par with climate change. Unfortunately, those that are obese are more likely to be depressed, to miss school or work, or even be suicidal. Life expectancy starts to reduce significantly from the first excesses. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. As with most issues, the first step is to recognise the problem.

The Pure Package spoke with Dr Vicente Mera
Mera claims “the problem doesn’t start when you are obese, even gaining a couple of kilos is the beginning of the health risks”. This is the moment when you need to stop and think. Mera advises “steps should be taken to reverse the situation as soon as possible”.

Mera notes that “there is a direct relationship between weight gain and the development of associated diseases and premature death. The mortality rate of people with severe obesity is 29% higher compared to normal weight individuals”. This figure highlights the importance of having a healthy diet.

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Sha Wellness Clinic taken by our founder, Jennifer Irvine

-Obesity is a complex problem
It is compounded by many factors, one of which is our genes. “Research and scientific studies with mice have shown that calorie restriction can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, which are considered biomarkers of aging. In addition, these studies show that calorie restriction can activate the SIRT1 gene – one of seven genes associated with longevity”. So, by simply eating fewer calories through a healthy and controlled diet, you can live longer. Mera states “scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre discovered that the SIRT1 gene also protects against cancer – this result after five years of research has been published in the latest edition of the prestigious journal Cell Metabolism”.

Mera noted, “cancer and aging, and now obesity, are different manifestations of the same phenomenon. The body accumulates fat in its tissues and it damages a natural repair mechanism”. “When the weight starts to rise, kidneys, liver, pancreas and heart are subjected to extra effort to perform their normal functions. The liver and kidneys must remove as many toxins as we consume, the pancreas must secrete more insulin, and the heart must pump more blood. This is how diseases like kidney failure, diabetes and heart failure occur”.

However, it is possible to reverse the situation. Through consuming a balanced diet you can lose weight and help stay healthy. Start your balanced lifestyle now. Let SHA, in conjunction with The Pure Package help you!

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