Medical Causes of Obesity

Obesity is a disease caused by several medical disorders. Thyroid disease is most often associated with obesity; however several other disorders also cause obesity. Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Overy Syndrome, and Cushing Syndrome are hormonal disorders associated with obesity and can be diagnosed by screening blood tests. Primary-care physicians can diagnose and Endocrinologists often treat these diseases. Other causes of obesity include medications. These include diabetes medications like insulin, Actos and Avandia, Anti-Depressants, like SSRI’s including Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft can cause obesity.

Steroids, both anit-inflammatory, and anabolic like Prenisone and testosterone increase weight in most patients when used long term. Extrogens used for treating menstra; irregularities and menopausal symptoms can cause patients to gain weight. Before you attribute your weight gain to hereditary, lack of exercise or poor diet, a thorough medical evaluation by your family physician and if necessary, a consult with an endocrinologist can help diagnose and treat exact cause.

Doctors Diet Plan is a medical weight loss clinic operated by an internal medicine specialist, Dr. John Brady. Through screening, blood tests, and collaborating with your primary-care provider, and/or endocrinologist, your target weight is attainable. Using a low fat diet, monitored exercise, and FDA approved medications, patients can develop a healthy lifestyle and lower weight.

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