The importance of being at a healthy weight for HS recovery
There’s a lot you can do to reduce your symptoms of Hidradenitis Supparativa, by changing your diet and lifestyle and using supplements and remedies. In addition, paying attention to your weight is a very important factor in HS recovery.
Weight Loss and Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Dermatologists have found that when HS patients who need to shed some extra pounds manage to make that change, they have fewer flare-ups. The good news is that losing just 10% of your body weight can make a difference. Getting your weight down will not only reduce your HS pain, but will also be a great boost to your confidence, which may be down from the debilitating effects of HS as your skin goes through continual changes.
The reason being at a healthy weight is so helpful for HS recovery is that when you have a bit of excess weight, you will tend to develop areas where the skin at one areas comes in contact with the skin at another area. These areas of your skin are then more likely to develop bacterial infection. It also increases the risk of sweating and friction, which both exacerbate HS symptoms. For example, the excessive underarm adiposity that occurs in HS is an ideal environment for bacterial growth and producing friction.
Benefits of Being at a Healthy Weight
Keeping your weight at a healthy level not only is a great way to help your recovery from HS, but also has additional health benefits.
One medical study found that having HS increases your risk for developing other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Eating a well-balanced diet and keeping your weight healthy can reduce these risks.
Healthy weight loss lowers your risk of:
- Low blood pressure
- Certain cancers
- Back pain
How Do I Know if I am at a Healthy Weight?
You can find out if you need to make changes in your weight by calculating your body mass index (BMI). This will show you whether you’re a healthy weight for your height. Work out your BMI with the BMI Healthy Weight Calculator on the NHS website.
To find out more about how you can adjust your diet, read The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Diet that will relieve your pain
If you find that you could do with losing a few pounds, start small and make realistic changes that you can sustain. Both your diet and the amount of physical activity you do will impact on your weight. If you’re between the ages of 19 and 64 you should do 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity. Ask your doctor for further help and advice.
The Anti-HS Cookbook by Therese Wilson has some fantastic recipe ideas which will not only support a healthy weight by for example reducing the use of trans-fats (and other ‘bad’ fats), but also reduce inflammation which is so key in healing HS. Therese is the lady behind the Fast Hidradenitis Suppurativa Cure™.
I hope this article has helped you as you navigate your recovery from Hidradenitis Supparativa. Losing a few pounds may sound daunting but it is achievable, step by step, and should have a marked effect on your healing from this debilitating skin disease.