Carrying extra body weight can affect the quality of your life in many ways. In addition to experiencing lack of energy, difficulty sleeping, join and back pain, you are also putting yourself at increased risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. Even a modest amount of weight loss can help you decrease the risk of developing these health problems.
The new Center for Weight Management at Hawthorn Medical offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss. Family Medicine physician Debby Almeida, MD, and the Center team help people with BMI > 25 lose weight through behavioral techniques, nutritional counseling and dietary changes, and physical activity recommendations. They will also work with you to determine if weight loss medications are appropriate for you.
Many insurance plans cover treatment for weight loss. Those interested in weight loss services should talk to their PCP and check with their health insurance company about coverage.