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Weight Loss

HealthStone Primary Care Partners

Family Medicine Practice & Hormone Replacement Specialists located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Have you struggled to reach a healthy weight with little or no success? If so, you’re certainly not alone, but the care of Gilbert Weiner, DO, of HealthStone Primary Care Partners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, can offer a different approach. When you’re ready to try a new weight loss path backed by science and supported by medical professionals, call the office to request an appointment today.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss so challenging?

Many men and women believe that weight loss is nothing more than a simple math problem of calories taken in minus calories burned. The issue, however, is far more complex. Stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, and a host of other factors can make it incredibly difficult to lose weight and keep it off.

Then there’s the American diet to consider. Fast food is available in virtually every city and town, and grocery stores are filled with highly processed and nutritionally void choices. Conflicting information on what to eat and what to avoid makes many people simply throw up their hands in frustration.

The American lifestyle is also partially to blame. Hours spent sitting in front of screens for work, school, and recreation leave little time for fresh air and exercise. High levels of stress and poor sleep quality also contribute to weight issues.

What are the health risks linked with being overweight?

Carrying a significant amount of excess weight places an enormous strain on your body. Virtually every organ and system is affected. Some of the known health risks associated with being overweight or obese include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes

These are just some of the health issues that can occur in men and women who are living at an unhealthy weight.

How is medically managed weight loss different?

You’ve probably tried a range of fad diets and exercise plans only to see any weight loss progress quickly reversed. Medically supervised weight loss is different.

The HealthStone Primary Care Partners team begins with a thorough physical exam and blood testing to learn more about how your body is functioning. If there are signs of a thyroid problem or another issue that might be impacting your weight then that issue is explored in depth.

Medications might play a role in your treatment plan, especially if you’re also dealing with chronic health issues. However, the central focus is on how you can make meaningful lifestyle changes to improve your health and wellness.

While improving your diet and getting more exercise is definitely part of that process, other issues are also explored. If you’re not getting enough sleep or living with high levels of stress, those issues might be working against your weight loss progress.

Your treatment plan will shift as you move through your weight loss journey, but you’ll always have the support of your team as you set and reach new goals. That process begins with a consultation, so request your visit online or by phone today.

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