One of the greatest epidemics we will face in our lifetime is obesity. Iowa now ranks as the fourth heaviest state per capita with an obesity rate of 36%. Obesity rates have risen significantly from 21% in 2000 and 12% in 1990. Excess weight is causing a variety of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. For the first time, we are beginning to see a decreased life expectancy due to these weight related conditions. For businesses, the economic impact is staggering. Not only do we see work absences due to health issues, but employers also face decreased workforce productivity from employees carrying this weight.
Obesity has been classified as a disease by the American Medical Society. It is a complex disease that adversely impacts many aspects of a patient’s life. Fortunately, there are effective long term treatments. At Iowa Weight Loss Specialists, we believe in a comprehensive team approach. Our medical team can customize a plan for each patient. We use tools such as meal planning, metabolic rate testing, appetite suppressing medications, exercise, and on-site mental health counseling. There is no one “right” approach for everyone. We will start with an evaluation of what the patient has tried in the past and focus on what they need for success.
For patients that are nearly 100 pounds overweight, we offer state of the art surgical options. This is often the most powerful tool for curing weight related diseases. The sleeve gastrectomy is the most common weight loss surgery in the world. Most patients don’t realize that it is lower risk procedure than having a gallbladder surgery; it usually requires only one night in the hospital and most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks. The improvements of weight related diseases are dramatic with nearly 70% of type 2 diabetes being cured, for example. We are a certified national center of excellence led by a surgeon who has performed thousands of weight loss surgeries.
You owe it to yourself to put a team of medical experts to work for you. One big advantage of seeing a comprehensive medical weight loss team is that these treatments are nearly always covered by insurance. For most patients, cost for treatment is an office visit copayment compared to expensive weight loss programs that can cost hundreds of dollars. To start your weight loss journey visit iowaweightloss.com or call 515-327-2000.