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Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, Altamonte Springs & Kissimmee, FL

Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, FL & Kissimmee, FL

Obesity is one of the leading causes of chronic diseases, including several types of cancer, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. In many cases, though, being overweight stems from hormonal or endocrinologic issues, which is why it’s important to see the team at Premier Endocrinology in Florida. The practice’s caring endocrinologists Theresa Fynn, MD, in St. Cloud and Kwame Ntim, MD, in Kissimmee and Altamonte Springs, FL offer comprehensive obesity evaluations and treatment plans. If you’re struggling with your weight, it’s time to schedule an evaluation. Book either online or over the phone with your closest clinic.

Obesity Q & A

What causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex issue that generally stems from poor diet and lack of exercise. In many cases, though, men and women struggle with undiagnosed chronic issues that make it difficult for them to lose weight. For instance, you can become overweight or obese if you have:

  • A family history of obesity
  • Thyroid disease or pituitary gland disorders
  • Genetic conditions, such as Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Adrenal gland disorders, like Cushing’s syndrome

Weight gain can even be a side effect of sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, since lack of sleep — or too much sleep — causes changes in hormones that affect your appetite.

Does obesity cause diseases?

Yes. Aside from aesthetic concerns, being overweight or obese takes a toll on your health. You’re more likely to develop issues with:

  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Infertility and sexual dysfunction

Since excess body weight leads to a realm of serious health complications, Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim spend time going over your entire medical history thoroughly. They check your blood for inflammatory biomarkers, chronic infections, and signs of hormonal imbalances. Once they better understand why you’re gaining weight or struggling to shed pounds, they can design your treatment plan.

How can I lose weight?

The team at Premier Endocrinology understand how challenging it can be to lose pounds and reach your goal weight. They support you every step of the way and tailor your treatment to your specific needs. Generally, your care plan starts with treating the underlying issue.

If you have a hormonal imbalance, for instance, starting you on a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) plan can help you start to drop weight. Or if you have chronic conditions, such as thyroid disease, that result in an excess production of certain hormones, Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim might prescribe medications to either suppress hormone functions or minimize side effects.

They also work with you to find the right diet and exercise regiment, based on your health and any underlying problem that’s causing your weight gain. You can feel confident that the team is going to help you lose weight, and ultimately, reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.

To take control of your weight once and for all, visit with the team at Premier Endocrinology. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment or click on the online scheduler.