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Illnesses Caused by Bad Diet

by
author image Jody Braverman
Jody Braverman is a health and fitness professional and writer in Seattle. She has been a personal trainer and yoga instructor for almost a decade and is passionate about movement and helping people lead active, healthy lives.
Illnesses Caused by Bad Diet
A lack of adequate nutriton can lead to a number of serious illnesses. Photo Credit MM Productions/Photodisc/Getty Images

Overview

The body relies on the nutrients it gets from food to keep it running smoothly and in good health. In today's society, the abundance of overprocessed, high-calorie, low-nutrient foods is responsible for a range of illnesses and diseases. Although a lack of food and nutrition is commonly associated with poor diet-related illnesses, overconsumption is just as much of a problem.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to the heart. People who eat too much animal fat, especially saturated fat, are at risk of coronary heart disease, as consuming too much fat causes the excess to block the passageways of blood and oxygen to the heart.

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood produced by the heart as well as the condition of the arteries. When an individual has high blood pressure, undue stress and strain is being placed upon the heart to enable it to pump blood throughout the body. Foods that are high in sodium and saturated fats, as well as a lack of adequate hydration in the diet, can all lead to high blood pressure.

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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a disorder in which the blood has too much glucose in it that the body cannot process. Diabetes is often caused by diets that are too high in calories and sugar.

Cancer

Because poor nutrition causes the immune system to be weakened, a poor diet can often prohibit the body from fighting off certain types of cancers. Those individuals who do not get enough vitamins and nutrients in their food are at risk of cancer caused by immune deficiency.

Obesity

Obesity is a common problem in today's society of inactivity and poor diets. Foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats lead to obesity, which can open the door to a number of other diseases including heart problems and diabetes.

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