About 1 percent of obesity cases are caused by an underlying medical issue or an inherited condition. Our medical experts will address any underlying conditions you have that may make it difficult for you to maintain weight-loss. The most common medical causes of obesity include:
Hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland, located in the neck, produces too little thyroid hormone, which regulates metabolism. If there is not enough thyroid hormone, the body tends to store fat.
Cushing's syndrome. This condition results when the adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) produce an excess amount of a steroid hormone called cortisol, which can lead the body to store fat.
Depression. Some people with depression overeat and have less active lives, which can lead to obesity.
Through bariatric surgery and other lifestyle changes, patients may be able to address medical issues that may accompany obesity such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons and experts, including specialists in medicine, nursing, nutrition, and psychology, is committed to meeting all your needs: medical, physical, and emotional. Together, we can help you finally reach your weight-loss goals and get you on track for a happier, healthier life.