Obesity is a national epidemic with almost 40% of American adults suffering from excessive weight and its related symptoms. At Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes, the team has helped countless patients in Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield, Texas get their weight under control using a variety of weight loss methods. If you want to lose weight or need help maintaining your weight, call the office nearest to you or use the online booking tool to make an appointment and start your weight loss journey today.
Keeping your weight at a healthy level isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Putting on a significant amount of weight, especially as you get older, can carry serious repercussions for your long-term health.
Some of the consequences of not maintaining a healthy weight include an increased risk of developing:
With heart attacks and stroke being the two leading causes of premature death in American adults, it’s more important than ever to keep your weight at a healthy level.
As you get older, your metabolism naturally slows down, and you burn through energy at a slower rate. You also start to lose muscle mass, which happens to be one of the main ways your body burns through calories. Both these factors increase your chances of putting on weight and additionally, lost muscle mass makes it harder to remain active and lose weight through exercise.
Unexpected weight gain is also one of the telltale signs of hormonal imbalance. Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder in which your body has lower levels of the thyroid hormone than it should. Low levels of thyroid hormone in your body can result in a slowed metabolic process, which leads to weight gain, among other symptoms.
Certain forms of estrogen also play a role in your metabolism, and fluctuating estrogen levels can affect your weight. Most women going through menopause experience lowered estrogen levels, which may result in weight gain. Low levels of testosterone can also cause weight gain in men.
Your specialist at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes uses blood tests to determine whether a condition is the cause of your weight gain and accordingly develops a treatment to address the underlying issue.
If your blood test indicates abnormal thyroid levels, your specialist uses hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore your hormone levels to normal and reverse any resulting weight gain.
Your specialist may also suggest estrogen or testosterone therapy to reduce the symptoms of low estrogen in women and low testosterone in men that may be causing weight gain or the inability to lose weight.
The team at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes uses HRT combined with lifestyle modifications that include changes to your diet and exercise regime to help speed up your weight loss. If needed, the team can recommend professional nutritionists who work with you to create a nutritional program that helps you lose weight while making sure you receive the nutrients you need to remain healthy in the long run.
To learn more about the various weight loss treatment options at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes, call or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.