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Usha Sivakumar, MD -  - Internal Medicine

SivIMed Internal Medicine and Primary Care

Usha Sivakumar, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Frederick, MD

Maintaining a healthy weight both invigorates you and protects you from serious health problems, but weight loss isn’t always easy to achieve. Usha Sivakumar, MD, MBBS, is a highly experienced physician at SivIMed Internal Medicine and Primary Care in Frederick, Maryland, who can provide you with the help and support you need to lose those excess pounds and restore your health and vitality. Call the clinic now to find out more about personalized weight loss programs, or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

How does being overweight affect my health?

Carrying excess weight has significant effects on health and well-being and can lead to serious medical conditions, including:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gallstones

Being overweight or obese is a leading cause of health problems in the United States, with figures from the CDC showing that more than 93 million Americans are obese. As well as serious physical health problems, being overweight affects your ability to take part in activities you enjoy, and often leads to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

How do I know if I’m overweight?

If you feel lethargic, your clothes are getting tight, and you can see areas of fat when you look in the mirror, that’s a clear indication that you’re carrying too much weight. If you visit SivIMed Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Dr. Sivakumar can assess where you are on the BMI (body mass index) scale and advise you on how much weight you need to lose.

Your BMI is a calculation that takes your height and weight measurements to work out whether you’re at a healthy weight or not. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you’re overweight, if it’s 30 or over, you’re obese and at risk of serious health problems.

What is the best way to achieve weight loss?

Healthy weight loss isn’t something that happens overnight, so don’t be taken in by crash diets or the latest weight loss fad. A combination of healthy eating and regular exercise is the best way to achieve sustainable weight loss, where you lose weight gradually but consistently.

SivIMed Internal Medicine and Primary Care has a dietician on staff who can help you by creating nutritious meal plans that you enjoy while satisfying your appetite to lose weight at a steady rate. The team also provides exercise and fitness advice, and Dr. Sivakumar can assist you in your efforts by prescribing medication such as appetite suppressants where appropriate.

Dr. Sivakumar and her team guide you on your journey to a healthy weight by providing you with all the information and support you need to stick with your diet plan. They carry out close monitoring to make sure you stay well and manage any current health issues to help you with your weight loss program.

To find out more about the personalized weight loss plans provided by SivIMed Internal Medicine and Primary Care, call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.