What are the health risks of being overweight?
Fat cells do much more than store fat. They release hormones that regulate your metabolism and produce several substances that influence other organs throughout your body and lead to chronic health problems, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Fatty liver disease
- Kidney disease
The more weight you carry, the more stress you place on your muscles and bones, especially joints like your knees and ankles. Carrying just 10 extra pounds increases the pressure on your knee by 30-60 pounds every time you take a step. As a result, you are at a higher risk for osteoarthritis.
Why are diet and exercise not always effective on their own?
Following a calorie-controlled diet and getting regular exercise are essential for losing and maintaining your weight, but genetic factors and your overall health also influences your ability to lose weight.
It’s possible you could have a nutritional deficiency that affects your metabolism or a hormone imbalance that directly influences fat burning and storage.
How does medical weight loss support your success?
Medical weight-loss programs provide the support, information, and medical interventions you need to reach your weight-loss goals. When Dr. Marzili supervises your weight loss, he develops a customized plan based on your metabolism and weight-loss challenges.
He begins your program with a thorough medical evaluation and blood work if needed to determine whether you have an underlying health concern, nutrient deficiency, or hormonal imbalance affecting your weight.
In addition to helping you plan a healthy diet, Dr. Marzili may prescribe weight-loss medication. These medications work by suppressing your appetite, making you feel full, or by blocking fat absorption.
Weight-loss medications are used in conjunction with a diet and exercise plan and aren’t intended for long-term use, but they can make a big difference.
No matter how much weight you need to lose, you’ll find the help you need from Dr. Thomas J. Marzili, MD, in Marlton, New Jersey. To get started on your weight-loss journey, call the office or request an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary.