What will treating DVT, a blood clot deep in a vein, do for you?
It will prevent the clot from growing.
It'll keep the clot from breaking off and traveling to your lung or another organ.
You'll avoid long-lasting complications, such as leg pain and swelling.
Treatment prevents future blood clots, too.
Often, medication and taking care of yourself will do the trick. But you may need surgery. Talk to your doctor about which medical treatment options are right for you.
And obesity puts you at risk for diabetes, which boosts your chances for getting DVT, too.
What You Can Do
Studies show that losing weight can change your blood chemistry and lower your risks. Overweight and obese adults who did moderately intense aerobic exercise improved their blood health, even if they didn't lose weight.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like you can lower the risk of a second DVT by losing weight after you've had one.
A lot of fish with omega-3 fatty acids in your diet may help protect your blood against abnormal clotting. Avoid high-carb diets -- they can make your blood more likely to clot.
Your doctor can and should help you get from obese to a healthy weight.