When to See a Primary Care Weight Management Specialist
Help Managing Your Overall Health
Your body mass index (BMI) uses your height and weight to determine your weight category. A BMI between 18 and 25 indicates you are overweight. A BMI over 30 indicates obesity. Carrying excess weight can put you at increased risk for, or exacerbate the health problems associated with many chronic medical conditions including:
Identifying Unknown Causes of Obesity
Your struggle to lose weight may be due to factors that cause weight gain. You may be unaware that they are standing in the way of your weight management success. Examples of these factors include:
Our Role in Your Weight Loss Journey
As primary care providers who specialize in weight management, we diagnose underlying factors causing your weight gain, work with you to treat them, or refer you to the right specialists for care. We help you adopt healthy lifestyle habits and offer obesity medication management. In addition, we can help you determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. In doing so, we help you decrease your risk for serious, chronic medical conditions. We are your partners in your weight loss journey.
Primary Care Medical Weight Loss Services
Your doctor may recommend a variety of methods to help you lose weight as part of your personalized treatment plan. Options include:
Exercise and Nutrition Counseling
We recommend exercise plans to help you start moving more and nutritional counseling and dietary approaches to get you started on a pattern of eating healthy. If appropriate, we may refer you to an exercise physiologist or nutritionist for more in-depth advice on how to stick with a regular exercise program or follow a specific diet.
Weight Management Medication
If your doctor thinks you will benefit from weight management medication, they will discuss their recommendations with you and how they fit into your weight management plan.
We will evaluate you for behavioral health patterns that lead to weight gain and offer counseling to help you identify and overcome stressors and other factors that may be inhibiting your ability to manage your weight.
If we determine that you are a possible candidate for weight loss surgery, we can refer you to Duke’s team of bariatric specialists. Weight loss surgery is a safe, proven option for people who have been unable to maintain weight loss through diet, exercise, and/or medication. While it’s not a quick fix, it can help you achieve lasting benefits when accompanied by permanent lifestyle changes. If weight loss surgery is right for you, our weight management experts and bariatric surgeons help you through every step of this process.