Losing weight reduces your risk of develops serious diseases and health conditions that can shorten your life. Unfortunately, shedding extra pounds can be much harder than it sounds if you're overweight or obese. Your St. Louis, MO, primary care physician, Dr. Otha Myles, can help you create a weight loss plan that helps you safely lose weight.
How obesity affects your health
More adults are overweight and obese than ever in the U.S. In fact, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey discovered that two out of three adults were considered obese or overweight. Excess weight doesn't just affect your appearance but may increase your risk of developing:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Some forms of cancer
A visit to your St. Louis primary care doctor can help you lose weight
Some people drop a few extra pounds simply by skipping dessert occasionally. Many others aren't so lucky. If you've tried multiple diets, weight loss plans and exercise regimens with no success, you may be thinking that it's just not possible for you to lose weight.
Luckily, that's usually not the case. The problem may have been that your weight loss plan wasn't tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. When you visit your primary care physician for a weight loss consultation, you'll discuss:
- Your Medical History: You'll take about your medical history and any surgeries you've had. Chronic diseases and the medications you take can affect your weight and must be taken into account when you change your diet.
- Your Previous Weight Loss Attempts: Learning about the weight loss approaches that didn't work for you can help your doctor recommend a more effective method.
- Your Lifestyle: Any weight loss plan will need to take your lifestyle into considerations and consider such factors as your job, family situation, stress level, activity level and eating habits.
Once your doctor has a clear understanding of the challenges you face, he can help you create a realistic diet and exercise plan that will help you finally lose weight.
Are you frustrated because you can't lose weight? Call Dr. Myles, your primary care physician in St. Louis, MO at (314) 833-4001 to schedule an appointment.