I thank you for the question, and indeed, being overweight is not someone's desire. Though, in this world of plentiful food supplies and a sedentary life, it's very easy to become one of those billions around the world. Nevertheless, if your blood pressure, total cholesterol, glucose levels, joints, and back are doing well and you're not experiencing snoring, breathlessness, increased sweating, feeling very tired, and not being able to cope with physical activities, then you obviously have nothing to worry about. Having said that, it does not mean that you should be happy with your weight, and the first thing to start with is, how many calories do you need per day and how much calories do you need to burn? You need to see your doctor and confirm your BMI and all those parameters that I mentioned above. So then you can talk to yourself and decide what you really wand to do. Obesity in itself is a disease.
I have a severe gastric infection. What are the tests that I should do to rule out any other disease?
I thank you for the question, and in the same time I would like to know, how do you know that you have a severe gastric infection? Nevertheless, a gastric infection is usually caused by Helicobacter pylori, which is a bacterium that by invading the lining of the stomach and duodenum produces a cytotoxin which causes chronic inflammation that lead to ulcer formation. If you have been experiencing a dull or burning pain in your belly, especially when your stomach is empty, particularly after the middle of the night, and that, after you eat, drink milk or take an antacid, gets better, also you get some other signs such as, bloating, burping, nausea, vomiting, not feeling hungry-then most likely you got ulcer. Be aware of WEIGHT loss for no clear reason too.
Tests that can help to find the reason of the stomach infection can be discussed with your doctor, such as: test of your blood and stool, Urea breath test, gastric endoscopy-where a biopsy is taken to check for malignant cells and H. Pylori, Faecal occult blood test etc., etc., and if need be, other tests that your doctor will discuss with you, depending in previous findings.