If you are overweight, simple things like tying a shoelace, playing with your children or even getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. Extra weight can also put you at risk for serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and some types of cancer. Just a few extra pounds can make your clothes not fit the way you want them to or cause you to not feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.
What program is right for me?
Ministry Health Care offers a full range of programs and resources to help you meet your specific weight loss goals:
Maintaining a healthy diet and being physically active are important components of any weight loss program. Ask your doctor about what lifestyle modifications you may need and about specific resources that may help you get started. You can also start by subscribing to Health Connection online today.
Any person of any age who has extra body fat to lose may work with a physician to help with weight loss. Weight loss medication is not always appropriate, depending on age and amount of weight needing to be lost. The decision to use medication is individualized to each patient. Medically supervised weight loss can be especially helpful to people with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, heartburn/GERD, heart disease, depression and anxiety). Often, many of these problems are substantially improved or may go away completely with adequate weight loss.
Our team helps patients to determine candidacy for bariatric surgery. As bariatric surgery is a life changing experience, it is important that patients are well prepared to undergo the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects associated with weight loss surgery. Body Mass Index helps to provide a definition for selection/candidacy of therapy for people who are overweight.