Obesity Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia

Primary Care Physicians located in Columbia, MD

Your weight has a significant impact on your long-term health and function. If you’re overweight or obese, seek out support from AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia. Board-certified internists Margaret Wang, MD, and Christopher Duke, MD, provide a number of effective, FDA-approved solutions to help you reach your weight goals. If you live in or around Columbia, Maryland, call the office or book an appointment using this website to get help with managing your weight.

Obesity Q & A

Why should I be concerned about my body weight?

A healthy weight significantly decreases your risk of developing a number of potentially serious chronic conditions, including

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Some cancers

By achieving a healthy weight, you reduce unnecessary pressure on your joints, organs, and connective tissue. A healthy weight helps with medical issues such as arthritis, tendinitis, and infertility.

What causes weight gain?

Weight gain can be attributed to an imbalance of energy intake – consume too many calories, and move too little, and the pounds pile on.

But for some people, genetic makeup contributes to being overweight or obese. You may have a predisposition to distribute and store fat in certain unhealthy ways. Hormonal changes, aging, and a changing metabolism are other factors contributing to weight gain.

What obesity services are available?

If you’re struggling to lose weight, Dr. Wang and Dr. Duke can evaluate your health to determine if underlying medical issues are making it difficult for you to lose weight. If you’re unsure how to start your weight loss journey, they can work with you to develop the best plan to achieve your weight goal.

As part of your evaluation, you undergo a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history. A discussion of your lifestyle, including diet and exercise habits, is also conducted. You’ll get counseling on how to improve your sleep habits, make food choices, exercise more, and better manage any underlying medical conditions you may have. The doctors offer oral medications and injections, if necessary, to support your weight-loss journey.

If your weight is at serious levels and contributing to your quality of life and health, the doctors may counsel you on the possibility of bariatric surgery and refer you to a qualified practitioner.

What obesity medications may be recommended?

At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia, only FDA-approved medications are prescribed. They include:

  • Phentermine to curb hunger and boost energy levels
  • Lorcaserin to suppress appetite
  • Naltrexone/Bupropion for mood and appetite control
  • Topiramate to alter taste sensations
  • Saxenda, an injectable diabetes and weight medication

The doctors determine which, if any, medications would be helpful for you to achieve your weight and health goals.

To find out more about weight management services, call the office or book an appointment using the online feature.