Obesity & Weight Management
Obesity affects nearly 40% of the US population, or about 94 million people.
Doctors recommend lifestyle modifications when this condition is present because obesity leads to diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart failure, stroke, renal disease, erectile dysfunction, and vascular inflammation. Those conditions cause concern in themselves, but when paired with obesity, they become even more dangerous.
It is essential to learn if a patient is Metabolically Healthy Obese (MHO) or Metabolically Unhealthy Obese (MUO) because the prognosis long term is very different between the two. Testing is available to discover what category an obese individual would fall into. If the category is MHO, medication and lifestyle changes can avoid MHO’s progression to MUO. For people who are already MUO, for instance, they have Metabolic Syndrome with Insulin resistance, significant weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor control are imperative to regain optimal health.
Lifestyle changes consisting of a long-term diet and exercise plan are the treatment standards. Various diets like the Mediterranean Diet, Low Carb, Paleo, Atkins, Ketosis, or Intermittent Fasting Diets all come with benefits and drawbacks. It is essential to understand each diet and determine which option is best for the patient.
In some instances, mental health counseling or prescription medication to suppress the appetite can help retain long term weight loss. If you are overweight or obese and would like to be free of the excess weight that is detrimental to your health and well-being, let us help you. Contact us today for a consultation.