Tell me more about medical weight management?

It’s no secret that diabetes is a central focus of our clinic; hey – it is even in our name. But treating patients for diabetes goes hand in hand with treating weight issues and obesity.  Many of the strategies, treatments and programs we advise kill two birds with one stone.  

Our goal is the same: we’re here to improve your quality of life.  We're qualified medical professionals, and we understand the challenges faced by normal people battling with their weight. It can’t be all diets, boot camps and slogging up Castle Hill. 

The real truth is that often the underlying issues and causes are so complex that it takes more than just one person to overcome them.  We want you to know that you are not alone.  That we understand it is really tough. 

We’re here to help. 

Our multidisciplinary, team care approach to weight loss and healthy living can work for you. We’ve studied the most effective, scientifically proven weight loss options, and personalise them to your individual medical history and health goals. 

A holistic approach is vital. With the right combination of medical treatments, diet, exercise and psychological support, built around your specific needs, we can help you lose weight together. Check out our Services Section or read on below to learn more about the medical aspects of weight management. 


First, the facts. 

Being overweight is not an appearance issue.  Sure, there are the obvious (and serious) side effects we suffer from, like our ability to go about our everyday activities, lower confidence, poor self-image and feelings of isolation. But being overweight or obese is actually a critical medical concern because it can seriously affect an individual’s overall health.  

Weight is a central factor in many chronic disease processes. If you are overweight, you are at higher risk of a whole host of diseases and complications like heart disease, obstructive sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome and diabetes (just to name a few). Being obese can also affect your overall life expectancy: you are more likely to die at a younger age. It’s really then a serious, chronic, relapsing disease in itself.

Unlike diabetes and other chronic illnesses, there is a cure.  Reducing your weight means that your quality of life improves. Your risk of suffering from these chronic diseases also diminishes. And you’ll live longer. 

What is Insulin?

Our pancreas (tucked away behind the stomach) is the organ that creates insulin. Insulin is critical to survival - it helps our cells to absorb energy from the glucose in our blood (blood sugar). In a healthy individual, insulin production and release is a tightly regulated process, allowing the body to balance its energy needs. Too little insulin though, or insulin that isn’t working properly, and blood sugar levels build in the body. The sugar can’t escape to the cells to be converted to energy. Suddenly our cells are searching for energy from other sources (tissues, muscles and other cells) and we start to fatigue. Our bodies stop working correctly, and we’re pretty unwell.

How does diabetes fit into all of this?

As your weight increases - so too does your risk of diabetes.  

The cause of diabetes is unknown, and not every overweight person will end up with diabetes. But what we do know is that some people are more genetically susceptible to diabetes than others, and that being overweight dramatically increases your chances of suffering from the disease. 

It’s really all about insulin. 

As your body fat percentage increases, the insulin your body produces becomes less effective. This is called insulin resistance.  It pumps up your blood sugar levels. But your body is smart. High blood sugar? Let’s make more insulin.  Too easy.

Except that it doesn’t end there. Your body is now producing more insulin to overcome the high blood sugar, which leads to even more of a weight gain (as insulin promotes fat production).  Again your clever body makes more insulin to counteract the weight gain… and suddenly we’re spiralling toward Type 2 diabetes. 

Type 2 diabetes has no known cure. It’s a chronic disease, and once you have it, you can’t escape it, and you are a diabetic for life. 

You'll be watching what you eat. Cutting out sugar, complex carbohydrates (no! not those!) and seriously limiting your diet. You'll be working constantly to balance your sugar levels with regular exercise, and worrying about complications you would otherwise have never heard of. You'll be visiting doctor after doctor to test, trial and treat your health. 

So why wait? 

With the right treatment, healthy diet and regular exercise, your weight can be managed so that it’s symptoms don’t affect your life. And that’s where we come in. Our Services section can tell you more about the role each of our health professionals plays in supporting you to manage your weight. And start living a better life.   

 

 

Information in this section is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs