Weight control can be difficult, but if you get the expert support you need, you can finally lose weight and maintain the body you’ve always wanted. To help you look and feel your best at any age, family medicine practitioners and provider at Houston Family Medical Clinic in Houston offers medical weight control and management programs that set you up to succeed. Use online booking or call the office for your appointment now.
Weight Control Services Q & A
What is the best way to control my weight?
Weight control is different for everyone. Your Houston Family Medical Clinic team works closely with you to determine what kind of weight control program would work best for you.
Although there are many effective paths to weight control and management, one thing is always true: you need to approach it as a lifestyle change instead of just a crash diet or a quick fix. The Houston Family Medical Center weight management programs are designed to help you improve your overall health and wellness while also looking your best.
What kind of tests do I need for medical weight management?
Your care provider performs a physical exam, and then reviews your medical history to determine what type of tests you might need. Generally, new medical weight management patients need blood work that may include:
- Lipid panel to check cholesterol
- Blood sugar test to check for diabetes
- Anemia test to look for iron deficiency
If you have, or could have emerging health issues, you may also need a complete metabolic panel, which checks your blood plasma and can find issues within your liver, kidneys, blood, or immune system.
Many patients starting a medical weight management program also need an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG tests your heart function and looks for abnormalities that could mean heart disease or other health problems.
Do I qualify for weight loss medication?
Your Houston Family Medical Clinic care provider considers every weight control patient on an individual basis. To qualify for medication, you must have a specific body mass index (BMI). Generally, you must have a BMI of 30 or more, but if you have a BMI of 27 or more along with other health problems like diabetes, you may also qualify.
You also need a healthy heart to take weight loss medication, so all weight loss medication patients generally need an EKG before they begin treatment. If you qualify for weight loss medication, your Houston Family Medical Clinic team will meet with you regularly to monitor your progress and your general health and wellness.
If you don’t qualify for weight loss medication, your provider works with you to create a healthy weight management plan that yields great long-term results.
Book your weight control appointment at Houston Family Medical Clinic online or by phone today.