Hormones within the body (collectively known as the Endocrine System) regulate body weight. The sort of food we eat, exercise, sleep, stress and certain medications can influence our hormones and impact on body weight.
Endocrinologists have a specialist knowledge of the hormones, as well as neuroscience and biochemistry, that control body weight, and can use this expertise to help patients successfully lose weight.
Patients with weight issues can also have medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, obstructive sleep apnoea and polycystic ovarian syndrome, and might be taking several different medications.
An endocrinologist understands the weight issue in the context of your overall health. This means that you will receive help with your weight as part of a comprehensive strategy for holistic health improvement.
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Dr Saira Hameed explains how endocrinology can support you in achieving the optimal metabolic health, and a healthy weight
Endocrinology & Weight Loss
The root cause of most weight gain and associated health issues, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, is a condition called insulin resistance.
When a person becomes resistant to the hormone insulin, they are in a pro-weight gain hormone balance, which can make it feel that the weight continues to rise even when a person is not overeating.
With specialist dietetic and psychological support, you will be guided through dietary changes, as well as help in addressing other areas of life such as exercise, sleep and stress management.
We will support you to develop positive lifestyle changes that will lower insulin resistance, resulting in weight loss and other health improvements.
Weight Loss Medication
Safe and effective weight loss medications such as Liraglutide (Saxenda) and Semaglutide (Ozempic or Wegovy) are now available. These have shown very good weight loss outcomes in well-conducted long term research trials.
This class of medication mimics a naturally occurring ‘fullness’ hormone produced by the gut, which reduces the amount people want to eat, by making them feel satisfied with smaller portions.
Some people have lost weight numerous times before, but struggle to maintain their weight loss, and find this a real challenge. This is where these weight loss medications can prove particularly helpful, a useful tool that is part of a wider weight management programme, that supports maintenance of a lower weight over time.
Weight Loss Surgery
We know that bariatric surgery is only part of your weight loss journey.
Our expert multi-disciplinary team (MDT) can curate a bespoke weight loss treatment protocol for you that combines alternatives like endocrinology assessment, weight-loss medication, dietary and ongoing psychological support.
Our consultants work together as a specialist team to ensure we provide you with the medical excellence you deserve, facilitating your weight loss journey, so you can achieve the positive health and life changes you desire.
Dr Hameed is the author of the successful ‘The Full Diet’ – A Revolutionary New Way To Achieving Lasting Weight Loss.’
You can find out more about Dr Hameed’s research and publications.