What are the dangers of being overweight?
Carrying extra weight is often viewed as an aesthetic issue. But carrying an excessive amount of weight can also endanger your health. It raises your risk of developing chronic conditions, such as:
- Heart disease
- Metabolic diseases
Being overweight also affects your:
- Psychological health
- Daily activity
What’s involved in a medically supervised weight loss program?
At North Star Medical, you first undergo a full medical exam. This helps Dr. Rafiq determine the current state of your health and measure specific health markers, including your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You may also undergo specific laboratory assessments, including blood tests.
Dr. Rafiq discusses your weight history and previous weight-loss attempts to help complete your profile. He evaluates your body composition using a specialized scale to determine your body fat percentage, fat mass, and total body water. And, of course, he obtains your starting weight.
What supplements and medications are involved in medically supervised weight loss?
Dr. Rafiq may prescribe appetite suppression medication, if appropriate. This therapy is optional and requires close monitoring by the team at North Star Medical.
You may also receive lipotropic injections, such as vitamin B12, inositol, choline, and methionine. These injections assist your body with fat metabolism. Not everyone is an appropriate candidate to receive such injections, and your providers at North Star Medical can determine if you are qualified.
You also receive guidance about healthy dietary choices and increasing physical activity. The recommended diet may be low in calories and higher in protein than the one you currently eat.
Who is a candidate for medically supervised weight loss?
A medically supervised weight-loss program is usually best for people who need to lose a substantial amount of weight. The need is not for aesthetic purposes, but to improve health markers, including blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Many people preparing for weight-loss surgery participate in a medically supervised weight loss program prior to surgery.
North Star Medical customizes the medically supervised weight-loss program to your needs, goals, and schedule. Instead of a one-size-fits-all program, Dr. Rafiq and his team work with you to develop a program that allows you to succeed and lose the weight once and for all.
A medically supervised weight-loss program requires a commitment to be successful, and your support team at North Star Medical is there to help every step of the way. For more information on medical weight loss, call the office or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.