For many of us, it’s hard to find the time and energy to work in the recommended amount of exercise per day. Sometimes, the most relaxing way to counter a long day at the office is by consuming a filling meal. Ironically, by quenching hunger and then some, you may be on the road to an unhealthy disease. Excess body fat may suddenly accumulate, which is harmful to any lifestyle because your body’s weight affects a multitude of conditions.

Obesity Defined
Obesity occurs when body fat climbs dangerously high. How high? A BMI (body mass index) of 25-29.9 is considered “overweight”; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or more. A person is said to be “morbidly obese” if their BMI exceeds 40. http://www.bmicalculator.org/

Dangers of Obesity
Along with a lowered life expectancy, obesity has very negative lifelong effects. Possible conditions brought about by obesity include:

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Poor bone health
  • Cancer
  • Sleep disorders
  • Infertility
  • Depression and mood swings

Causes of Obesity
There are many conditions and behaviors that may lead to obesity, the most obvious being the excessive consumption of calories. But aside from overeating, significant factors associated with obesity include:

  • Increased age / reduced metabolic rate (BMR)
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Low physical activity
  • Family history of obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes/metabolic syndrome
  • Thyroid and adrenal disorders
    Hypothyroidism can cause significant weight gain
    Adrenal stress and excessive cortisol production can cause weight gain
  • Other Hormone imbalances
  • Medications
    Antidepressants
    High blood pressure medications
  • High-glycemic index foods, e.g. refined carbohydrates
    High-fructose corn syrup is notoriously bad

More often than not, these factors are linked together, making it harder to beat the disease without help.

What is metabolic syndrome and why is it important?
Metabolic syndrome is a dangerous constellation of symptoms:

  • Central obesity (fat concentrated around your middle)
  • Low HDL (good) cholesterol with elevated triglycerides, a.k.a. dyslipidemia
  • High blood glucose (insulin resistance)
  • High blood pressure

If you have metabolic syndrome, you are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This goes hand in hand with blood vessel damage (atherosclerosis), heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and nerve damage. Many type 2 diabetes sufferers are obese, and people with metabolic syndrome are often considered pre-diabetic.

Diagnosis
Dr. Lalezar does not simply have you stand on a scale, record your weight, and set a target; she investigates to find which root causes of obesity may be applicable to your individual situation. Diagnostic tests include:

  • Complete blood workup with chemistry, hormone and specific thyroid panels
  • Micronutrienttesting
    • Heavy metal toxicity testing (urine toxicology screening)
    • Metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes testing
      Cardiac risk markers (CRP, Homocysteine, and Ferritin)
      Detailed cholesterol and lipid profile (HDL, LDL, lipoproteins)
      Hemoglobin A1C test –measures glycated hemoglobin; indicates type 2 diabetes or a pre-diabetic condition

Integrative Treatment
Losing weight is already hard enough, and keeping it off is harder still. By confronting and treating the underlying conditions of obesity, Dr. Lalezar makes attaining a healthy weight easier than ever before. Her recommended treatments may include:

  • Custom-tailored diet and exercise plans
  • Hormonal imbalance correction (Bioidentical Hormone Therapy)
  • Adrenal Fatigue Treatments
  • Nutrient Infusion Therapy (IV Vitamin Therapy)
  • High-bioavailability nutritional supplements and medical foods
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Heavy Metal Detoxification
  • HCG Diet
  • 12 Step Programs such as OA and CEA-HOW to address Compulsive and Over Eating
  • Liver Cleanse

What’s my next step?
Contact the Health & Vitality Center at 310-477-1166 or click here to schedule an appointment. Our practice is a leading center for health and wellness in Los Angeles. Holistic doctor Shiva Lalezar specializes in functional and integrative medicine, employing her unique approach to discover the factors that may be responsible for your obesity and create an integrative, customized treatment plan. By correcting the root cause of your problems, you may feel like a tremendous weight has lifted. Call us to get the skinny on fighting obesity today!

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