Obesity is a major health concern in the United States, affecting nearly 40% of adults. While lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise play a significant role in weight gain, underlying health issues often contribute to the problem. Direct primary care (DPC) is a healthcare model focusing on comprehensive and personalized care to address these underlying issues and improve weight loss outcomes.
One common underlying health issue is insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and weight gain. DPC providers at Vancouver Direct Primary Care can work with patients to develop individualized nutrition plans focusing on reducing insulin resistance and promoting weight loss. Additionally, DPC providers can prescribe medications such as metformin to improve insulin sensitivity.
Another common health issue is sleep apnea, which is more prevalent in obese individuals. DPC providers can order sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea and provide treatment options such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. By improving sleep quality, weight loss can be promoted.
Thyroid disorders can also contribute to weight gain. DPC providers can conduct thorough thyroid function tests to diagnose underlying issues and provide appropriate treatment. Additionally, hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can contribute to weight gain. DPC providers can work with patients to develop a treatment plan that addresses these underlying issues.
Overall, DPC can provide comprehensive and personalized care to address common underlying health issues contributing to weight gain. By addressing these issues, Vancouver Direct Primary Care can improve weight loss outcomes and promote overall health and well-being.