Weight Loss

National Facts:

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (aka the “CDC”) reports that 35% of us are obese. Medical costs related to this condition in 2008 were at a $147 billion level nationally. On a personal level, annual health care costs were almost $1500 greater for the obese than their peers with normal weight. The reasons for elevated costs relate to caring for the heart, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, etc. that are directly or indirectly related to obesity.

Tennessee and Obesity:

 Tennessee excels in a variety of positive activities. Unfortunately, we also excel in obesity. We have the second highest incidence of obesity in the US. Two-thirds of us adults are overweight or obese. Two of every five 10 to 17 year-olds have the same problems with weight as our adults. In some areas of Tennessee, the incidence level is one child out of every two being overweight or obese. Obesity can be deadly and we in the Volunteer State can step into a real life and death battle.

Tools Available:

Your Premier Medical Age Management and Weight Loss Center is located in Brentwood and Hendersonville in Middle Tennessee. It is interested in improving appearance, but it also aims to help patients control obesity and return to a healthy life-style. The staff is medical. Obesity intervention strategies are proven. People can achieve a medical weight loss and a return to normal activities.

Laser Technology:

Lasers are used in a variety of applications. We often think of laser surgery. That is an invasive use of lasers, but there is a variety of other laser technologies used in medicine. In our centers, we use the Yolo Curve Laser to aid in weight loss. This laser is totally non-invasive. The laser targets fat cells below the skin, i.e., the “subcutaneous adipose cells.” We administer laser stimulation with the Yolo Curve Laser over a period of twenty or thirty minutes. There is no pain. Risk is minimal. Recovery time is short, unlike typical invasive surgery. The results are significant. Inches are lost when laser energy passes through the skin, impacts those fat cells, and causes those cells to give up water, fatty acids, and glycerol. The fat cells “lose” size and the result is lost inches. Laser energy can be targeted where fat is stored in the body and has been used in specific “body contouring.”

Medical Therapies:

A variety of medical strategies has been found to be successful in weight loss management.

Vitamin B-12: 

is a water-soluble vitamin that influences food absorption and fat and carbohydrate metabolism. (It also is important to the health of red blood platelets and nerve cells, assists in the body’s immune system activities, and in our DNA construction.) From a metabolism standpoint, B-12 boosts our energy level. Digestion is enhanced and calories are burned rather than stored as fat. Vitamin B-12 levels may be depleted by poor dietary practices. Our clinicians may recommend B-12 intervention to restore normal levels of the vitamin or to augment metabolism goals for patients.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin:

(aka HCG) therapy is safe, effective, and comfortable for patients. This hormone medication affects the metabolic activity in the body. It turns on the body’s “fat burning” capacity, principally in the mid-riff, hips and thighs, and in the upper arms. The healthy fat in body organs is unaffected by HCG. As metabolism is altered, the excess “abnormal fat” with its pounds and inches is reduced.

Phentermine:

stimulates metabolism and suppresses the desire for food. Our clinicians may combine this medication along with diet and exercise to manage weight problems with careful monitoring. Both drug and drug interaction effects need to be carefully monitored during therapy with phentermine. Patients with an allergy to this medication, with heart disease, blood pressure or thyroid maladies, glaucoma, or drug abuse history problems are not candidates for this weight control option. Use of this drug during pregnancy is not indicated.
Lipotropic:

injections may be recommended as part of a weight loss program. They enable your liver to process fats more efficiently. Vitamin B12, Choline, Methione, and Inositol assist the liver by enhancing fat metabolism and excretion of metabolic byproducts. Our clinicians may administer therapy on a weekly basis during obesity management.

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