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Being at a healthy weight can help you have energy for work and play. Carrying extra weight can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis. It can also make these problems worse. If you carry extra weight and it’s affecting your health, you can work with your doctor to make healthy changes. Your doctor will talk with you about your weight and lifestyle. Then they may recommend making changes to your eating and exercise habits. Start by making small behaviour changes that you can control, and focus on the ones you can keep up. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. Cutting calories may help you lose weight, but it's important to make healthy lifestyle changes and food choices that you can stick to for the rest of your life. And remember that health isn’t all about weight. Some health problems (such as high blood pressure) can get a lot better by doing things like making healthier food choices, even if you don’t lose any weight.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 5/5/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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