Eric Hesch: Obesity-Related Health Risks

Eric Hesch expertise in gastroenterology and hepatology has earned him an excellent reputation with patients and fellow healthcare professionals alike. Often, he works with obese patients facing health problems because of their weight.

Obesity-related health risks vary. The ones touched on below are some of many that a gastroenterologist/hepatologist like Eric Hesch might see in patients:

  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

The liver is in the upper right part of your abdomen. It is responsible for storing fuel in the form of glucose, producing essential proteins, making bile to digest fat and removing/processing alcohol, poisons and medicine from the body. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused when the body stores excess fat within this organ.

Cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are commonly linked to obesity. In some patients, the fat buildup in the liver can cause serious liver disease, but most do not develop severe liver problems. All people with this disease are at an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular issues.

  • Acid Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux disease, is caused by stomach acid flowing into the esophagus. This can cause chest pain, nausea, burning of the throat and several other conditions. Symptoms typically occur following a meal and can last hours in some patients.

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of acid reflux disease. The excess fat in the abdomen is thought to cause the backflow of acid into the esophagus. Hormonal changes that can occur with obesity might also cause the disease.  Follow Eric Hesch at below profiles:


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