Weight Loss

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistants, Physician Assistants, Physician Assistants, Family Practice & Adult Care and Primary Care in Anchorage and Soldotna, AK

Weight Loss
Weight Loss services offered in Anchorage and Soldotna, AK

Carrying excess weight is more than a cosmetic issue; it’s also a health concern. At Health North Family Medicine, LLC, in Anchorage and Soldotna, Alaska, the providers are partners in your weight loss journey. The clinic providers work with you to help you reach a healthy weight through nutrition counseling, regular check-ins, and medication. To learn more, call Health North Family Medicine, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.

Why should I consider weight loss?

Losing even 5-10% of your total body weight can offer significant health benefits if you’re overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a healthy body mass index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. The CDC considers BMIs above 24.9 as overweight and above 30 as obese.

While weight gain is a cosmetic concern for many, it’s also a health problem. Individuals carrying excess weight are at an increased risk of potentially serious chronic health conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Clinical depression

Losing weight now can extend your lifespan and save you time and money on invasive and costly treatments in the future. Weight loss can also help you look and feel better overall. Without excess weight, most individuals experience increased energy, less joint pain, and better sleep quality.

What is included in medical weight loss?

Health North Family Medicine, LLC, is your partner in weight loss. Your provider creates a personalized treatment plan to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Your medical weight loss plan may include:

Nutrition counseling

After a comprehensive physical exam and blood work, your provider can design a nutrition plan designed to your biological makeup for safe and effective weight loss.

Weight check-ins

Accountability is a major component of any weight loss plan. Regular weight check-ins with your provider can highlight your progress and indicate whether your personalized plan needs adjustments.

Hormone therapy

If your weight gain stems from a hormone imbalance, your provider may recommend hormone therapy to restore balance to your levels.

Medication

Health North Family Medicine, LLC, offers multiple prescription medications for weight loss, including: 

  • Saxenda®
  • Wegovy™
  • Phentermine
  • Ozempic®
  • Qsymia®
  • Adipex-P

Your provider performs several tests to determine the best medication to support your weight loss goals.

How can I lose weight at home?

Your weight loss plan doesn’t stop when you leave Health North Family Medicine, LLC. Following a healthy diet and reducing unhelpful lifestyle habits, such as smoking cigarettes, can support your weight loss at home. Regular exercise may also help improve your weight loss and reduce joint pain.

To learn more about weight loss, call Health North Family Medicine, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.