Maintaining a healthy weight minimizes your risk of disease as you age. At Freeman Medical Clinic in Austin, Texas, Georgeanne Freeman, DO, offers medical weight management to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Dr. Freeman and the team have the experience and training needed to help you lose weight and maintain your results without fad diets. They also offer mobile doctors and house calls. To learn more, call Freeman Medical Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.
Weight management refers to the process of preventing weight gain. Studies show that adults between the ages of 18 and 49 tend to gain about 1-2 pounds per year. While that may not seem like a major difference, every pound adds up.
Carrying excess weight not only decreases your energy levels and diminishes your mobility, it also raises your risk of chronic disease.
Weight greatly influences your health. In general, the more weight you carry, the more likely you are to develop chronic diseases, such as:
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient levels of the hormone insulin. This hormone is responsible for helping your body convert glucose (sugar) into energy for cells throughout your body. Without healthy levels of insulin, glucose builds in your blood and damages your blood vessels, which can result in nerve damage, vision loss, and even stroke.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes your joints to swell. Carrying excess weight puts pressure on the joints that can intensify chronic pain and joint stiffness.
Cardiovascular diseases encompass a wide range of health concerns, including heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Weight loss reduces strain on the heart to improve your cardiovascular function.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing hundreds of times in a single night. Excess body weight can put pressure on your airways, which can increase sleep apnea symptoms, like loud snoring.
Carrying excess weight can affect the way your body stores hormones, which may affect ovarian and testicular function. Without treatment, weight gain may lead to infertility — an inability to conceive.
The team at Freeman Medical Clinic offers specialized solutions for weight management. After a comprehensive physical exam, medical history review, and blood work, the team may recommend a combination of the following weight management treatments:
The Freeman Medical Clinic team offers mobile health services and house calls. To learn more, call Freeman Medical Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.