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OBESITY SPECIALIST

Florida Endocrine Consultants, PLLC

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Endocrinology servicing throughout the State of Florida.

Whether you’ve tried many times or this is your first attempt at weight loss, Ana Silva, DO, at Florida Endocrine Consultants, PLLC, provides long-term medically-supervised weight loss to patients throughout Florida who are ready to overcome obesity. Dr. Silva’s services are delivered online, so you can get your weight-loss planning and medical care from the comfort of your home. If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss or you have questions about your health, use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.

OBESITY Q & A

What causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease that’s influenced by many factors, such as your genetics and hormonal imbalances. But no matter what issues you face, you ultimately gain weight when you consume more calories than you burn. Then your body converts the extra calories into fat and stores them in your fat cells.

When you have any of the following risk factors, it helps to have medical guidance from Dr. Silva. She can work with you to develop a plan to overcome a number of issues such as those listed here: 

Genetics

Your genes have a role in regulating your appetite, how you burn calories when you exercise, and how efficiently your body metabolizes food.

Lifestyle choices

Eating an unhealthy, high-calorie diet, drinking sugary beverages and alcohol, and lack of exercise are the primary reasons for obesity.

Age

Though obesity can occur at any age, and it affects 18% of children, aging leads to hormonal changes, loss of muscle mass, and a more sedentary lifestyle that makes it easier to gain weight.

Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep causes hormonal changes that increase your appetite. Insomnia also tends to make people crave carbohydrates.

Emotional eating

Eating when you’re stressed, angry, or depressed often turns into a habit of overeating that contributes to obesity.

Gut microbiome

The type and amount of healthy bacteria in your gut affect how you store fat. These microbes also influence your metabolism and your response to hormones that regulate your appetite.

How does obesity affect my health?

Fat cells actively produce hormones that affect your metabolism, as well as substances that cause bodywide inflammation.

As you gain more weight, you also end up with higher blood levels of unhealthy substances, which leads to serious health problems such as:

    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Heart and blood vessel disease
    • Breast, endometrial, and colon cancers

 

Being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of osteoarthritis. For every 10 pounds of extra weight you carry, the force on your knees increases by 30-60 pounds with every step.

How do I get help for obesity?

Dr. Silva practices via telehealth, providing all your medical care online while you relax in the comfort of your own home. You only need to have a smartphone, tablet, or computer that supports video conferencing. Then you can schedule your appointments online, including choosing the length of time you want to spend in your video conference with Dr. Silva. Concierge patients also gain 24/7 access to Dr. Silva via her cell phone.

 

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