Weight Loss Specialist

Palmetto Endocrinology

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialist located in Charleston, SC and Summerville, SC

There are countless weight loss programs available today, but few address the imbalances in your body that could be causing weight gain or preventing weight loss. Joseph Mathews, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD, and the dedicated team at Palmetto Endocrinology offer medical weight loss support, using their expertise in treating problems with endocrine glands and balancing the body’s hormones to help you see results. To learn more, call the office in Summerville, South Caroline, or request your appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What role do my endocrine glands play in weight loss?

When you think about weight loss, you probably think about the basics: diet and exercise. While these are certainly an essential part of any successful, sustainable weight loss program, they don’t address a common challenge to weight loss. 

When the endocrine glands in your body aren’t producing the right levels of specific hormones, it can create imbalances that lead to weight gain or make it particularly challenging to lose weight. In these cases, even diet and exercise may not be enough to overcome the imbalance in the body so you can reach your weight loss goals. 

How can endocrinological treatment help with weight loss?

If you’re struggling to lose weight, it’s time to make an appointment with the endocrinology experts at Palmetto Endocrinology. They can address common endocrinological weight challenges, like:

Adrenal gland problems

When your adrenal gland produces too much cortisol, it causes a condition called Cushing’s disease. This disease can cause weight gain and lead to fat settling around your abdomen. If your stomach is a problem area and you can’t seem to shed excess pounds, your adrenal gland could be a part of the problem. Fortunately, your Palmetto Endocrinology provider can prescribe medication to regulate your cortisol levels and help you lose weight. 

Thyroid gland problems

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that makes the hormones that control your metabolism. It’s no surprise, then, that issues with this gland can cause weight gain. Specifically, hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid doesn’t make sufficient hormones, is directly linked to weight gain. Fortunately, supplemental thyroid hormones can balance your body and restore your metabolism to support weight loss. 

Will I still need to diet and exercise?

Yes. While treating issues with your endocrine glands can go a long way toward making it easier to lose weight, it’s not a magic solution. You still need to burn more calories than you consume to be successful at weight loss. 

Fortunately, the team at Palmetto Endocrinology has extensive experience helping a wide range of patients toward their weight loss goals. For medical support from a dedicated team of weight loss specialists, call their office or schedule your appointment online today.

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