Metabolic Health

Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Health located in Denver, CO
Metabolic Health

Metabolic Health services offered in Denver, CO

Weight loss is often a side effect of chronic diseases or underlying imbalances in the body. Fortunately, Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, Alexis Michopoulos, DO, offers comprehensive weight loss support that addresses metabolic health, nutrition, inflammation, and other root causes that impede your ability to lose weight. Dr. Michopoulos' unique approach can help you lose extra weight while controlling chronic illness and improving your quality of life. Call the Denver, Colorado, office or use the online booking tool to set up your appointment today.

Metabolic Health Q & A

When do I need help with weight loss?

If you're heavier than your ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, you might need some help with weight loss. Many people struggle with weight loss because they're using an approach that isn't right for their unique health needs.

Dr. Michopoulos designs a customized weight management plan based on your body and personal goals. She does this by addressing the underlying factors contributing to weight gain while setting achievable benchmarks for your unique journey.

How does metabolic health affect weight?

Metabolic health is a significant contributor to weight loss issues. People who experience chronic problems with gut health, diabetes, or insulin resistance will often have issues managing their weight.

Frequently, you may only know if you have these underlying issues after undergoing a comprehensive evaluation and testing. Dr. Michopoulos has specialized training that helps her establish a reason for weight gain that considers many factors.

For example, if you have insulin resistance, excess sugar remains in your blood, causing elevated blood glucose levels and, often, weight gain. 

Insulin resistance occurs when your body doesn't use insulin properly. Insulin helps glucose (sugar) move into your muscle, fat, and liver cells so you can use it as energy. 

Insulin resistance can lead to prediabetes and eventually Type 2 diabetes. At this stage, problems develop with the nerves, blood vessels, liver, and entire body.

How does nutrition affect weight?

Nutrition choices can have a significant influence on your weight and whole-body health. Eating nutrient-dense whole foods provides adequate fuel for your body, keeps you satiated, and gives you plenty of energy to get through the day. 

But, eating "empty" calories in many processed foods available today only gives you a quick burst of energy, leaving you hungry and tired just a short time later.

How can I benefit from weight loss?

Dr. Michopoulos uses a unique approach to weight loss, focusing on the underlying health issues that caused your weight gain. 

In many cases, weight gain and insulin resistance go hand in hand — but managing insulin resistance requires a very different approach from the standard "calories in, calories out" approach.

During your appointment, Dr. Michopoulos discusses your history with diet and exercise. She also performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history and test results, and assesses factors influencing your weight gain. 

She takes the time to explain how underlying metabolic issues and extra weight can affect you long-term while listening empathetically to understand your personal health goals. 

Your personalized treatment for weight loss includes nutritious whole foods, exercise recommendations, and therapies like hormone replacement, nutritional supplements, or osteopathic manipulation to support your success.

Book your weight loss consultation online or call Dr. Alexis Michopoulos, DO, for help today.

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