There are many serious health risks associated with being overweight. The good news is that losing weight can significantly reduce and sometimes even eliminate your risk for developing a potentially life-threatening medical condition. The caring providers at Ferguson Family Medicine in Mesa, Arizona, offer medically supervised weight-loss programs designed to help you lose weight and maintain your results for a lifetime. If you haven’t been successful losing weight on your own, call the office to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What are the health risks of being overweight?

Being overweight or obese has an impact on the health of every system in your body. Some of the most common medical conditions associated with being overweight include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
  • Breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, liver, and several other types of cancer
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Chronic pain

Carrying a lot of extra weight also puts you at a higher risk of sustaining broken bones and other injuries that can be debilitating and dangerous to your overall health.

Am I a candidate for a weight-loss program?

The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for a weight-loss program is to schedule a consultation with one of the expert providers at Ferguson Family Medicine. Your consultation includes a review of your health history, a comprehensive physical exam, and a detailed discussion of your goals and lifestyle. 

In general, candidates for medical weight-loss programs have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher and show signs that they may develop a weight-related health condition, or already have such a condition. However, several other factors are taken into consideration, including your ability to commit to the demands of a weight-loss program.

What is involved in medically supervised weight loss?

The experienced team at Ferguson Family Medicine customizes your weight-loss program to meet your personal needs and weight-loss goals. Based on your current weight, age, health history, level of activity, and other individual factors, your weight-loss plan may include:

  • Weight check-ins
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Counseling and other support services
  • Exercise programs
  • Lifestyle changes

Prescription weight-loss medications, such as phentermine, can help curb your appetite as your body adjusts to a reduction in caloric intake. When used under the supervision of an experienced physician, phentermine is safe and effective. 

The goal of all weight-loss programs at Ferguson Family Medicine is to help you develop healthy eating and exercise habits to help you keep the weight off for good. Long-term support is available from the team to support you in your goal of maintaining a healthy, stable weight for a lifetime.

If you think your weight could be endangering your health, don’t wait to schedule a consultation at Ferguson Family Medicine. Call the office today, or make an appointment online.