American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the Obesity Society Clinical Practice Guideline
In the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study, 3234 subjects with impaired glucose tolerance were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: (a) lifestyle group—intensive nutritional and exercise counseling; (b) metformin treatment group—medication and standard diet and exercise; or (c) control group—placebo and standard diet and exercise. Results showed, compared with the control group, after an average follow-up of 2.8 years:
- Healthcare providers develop individualized weight loss plan that include a moderately reduced calorie diet, increased physical activity, and the use of behavior strategies to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- The best way to achieve these goals is to work with a healthcare professional who specializes in weight management, in a primary care setting
- Behavior change programs should include two to three in-person meetings a month for at least six months
Treating risk factors could cut obesity-related risk of heart disease and stroke
A study, conducted by a worldwide research consortium led by a team from Harvard School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and the University of Sydney, covered a total of 1.8 million participants found that the increased risk of heart disease or stroke in overweight and obese people is partly because their weight increases their chances of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood glucose.
The study found that high blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood glucose explain up to half of the increased risk of heart disease and three quarters of the increased risk of stroke among overweight or obese people. Therefore, interventions that reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose might address about half of excess risk of coronary heart disease and three-quarters of excess risk of stroke associated with high BMI. Maintenance of optimum body weight is needed for the full benefits (1).
How we can help your patients
Achieving sustained weight loss of 5 to 10 percent can reduce high blood pressure, improve cholesterol and lessen the need for medications to control blood pressure and diabetes. Even as little as 3 percent sustained weight loss can reduce the risk for the development of type 2 diabetes as well as result in clinically meaningful reductions in triglycerides, blood glucose and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease (2). Heal n Cure can provide your patients with an effective weight management and wellness program that can help prevent and reverse cardiovascular disease and minimize future complications.
Insurance coverage and recognition for our care
All major PPO insurance plans provide coverage for our medical weight loss program, especially if there are other weight-related medical conditions. We have received Top Tier Provider designation for exceeding quality and cost efficiency criteria from United HealthCare. Also, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois awarded us the coveted Blue Tier ranking in recognition of consistently delivering cost efficient quality care.
Personalized medical care plans
A personalized plan for each patient is developed after conducting a thorough physical examination and a study of the patient’s medical history, biochemistry analysis, and bio-impedance-analysis. Medical problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid issues, arthritis, insomnia, digestion issues and food allergies or intolerances, and side effects of many medications are managed by our medical team, led by a board certified bariatric physician.
- 1. ‘Metabolic mediators of the effect of body mass index, overweight and obesity on coronary heart disease and stroke: Pooled analysis of 97 prospective cohorts with 1.8 million participants’ Yuan Lu, Kaveh Hajifathalian, Majid Ezzati, Mark Woodward, Eric B. Rimm, and Goodarz Danaei, The Lancet, 22 November 2013.
- 2. Jensen, Michael D., et al. “2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2013): n. pag.