Obesity

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville

Primary Care Physician located in Pikesville, MD

 

If you have trouble losing weight, there may be underlying factors that are making it difficult to be successful. For this reason, Akasana Afanasenka, MD, and the AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville team offer medically supervised weight loss programs, designed around your specific health needs. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville in Pikesville, Maryland, the team has many solutions for controlling your appetite and helping you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Learn more about weight loss and obesity services available by calling for an appointment or requesting one online today.

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What are the health risks of obesity?

Being overweight or obese poses significant health risks for people of all ages. There are many chronic diseases linked to obesity that you can prevent by losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Obesity-linked health conditions include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Additionally, carrying excess weight puts unnecessary pressure on the joints of your body, increasing your risk for degenerative conditions, like osteoarthritis.

What weight loss services are available?

To address your specific health needs and help you achieve your weight loss goals, the team at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Pikesville offers medically supervised services including:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Injectable weight loss medications
  • FDA-approved appetite suppressants

Your doctor also works closely with you to create a diet and exercise plan that promotes safe weight loss. They can provide guidance for necessary supplements that ensure you’re getting the right amounts of daily vitamins and minerals to support good health.

For those who are severely overweight and at risk for certain diseases, including life-threatening conditions, your doctor can refer you to a specialist for weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy.

What are the benefits of medically supervised weight loss?

With so many fad diets and bad advice available today, having a qualified physician design a weight loss program is the safest way to lose weight. Your AllCare Family and Urgent Care of Pikesville doctor monitors your progress every step of the way, ensuring your treatment plan is both safe and effective for your health.

Medically supervised weight loss can also increase your chances of success. In many diets and weight loss programs, you may get to a point where you stop losing weight and give up. With doctor supervision, you can overcome obstacles in weight loss and achieve your desired goals.

Your doctor carefully monitors your weight loss medications and your overall health while you’re taking them. This protects you from potential health complications that result when you misuse medications for losing weight.

Routine checkups are also essential for ensuring you’re on track for reaching your goals and provide you with an opportunity to receive preventive screenings to monitor you for underlying health conditions related to obesity, like diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss in a safe, physician-supervised environment, schedule an obesity consultation at AllCare Family and Urgent Care of Pikesville today, online or by phone.