Obesity Specialist

Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center

Endocrinologists & Diabetes Specialists located in Nashville, TN

Obesity affects as many as 160 million Americans. At Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tennessee, endocrinologist and diabetes specialist Andrea Hayes, MD, helps men and women overcome weight problems and achieve a healthier life. For medically supervised weight loss that can help you reduce your risk of chronic disease and other health problems, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or book a consultation online today.

Obesity Q & A

Why is overcoming obesity important?

Obesity is a very real health emergency. Maintaining a healthy weight is vital to your well-being and overall quality of life. Being obese increases your risk of developing a number of potentially life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cardiovascular (heart) disease
  • Some cancers
  • Sleep apnea

Carrying excess weight means you put unnecessary pressure on your organs, muscles, and joints, which can put you at risk for arthritis and fertility issues. Dr. Hayes can evaluate your weight and help you understand how it’s playing a role in your ongoing health issues or poses a potential risk to your longevity.

What causes obesity?

Your lifestyle choices can contribute to obesity. Not exercising regularly and eating a poor diet are common causes of weight gain and can be a reason you’re gaining weight or find it hard to lose weight.

Your genetics, or family history, can put you at a higher risk of being overweight or obese. Some people simply have a genetic makeup that has them distribute and store fat more readily than others. Hormone conditions, such as hypothyroidism and sex hormone imbalances, can also play a role in unwanted weight gain.

As you age, it’s harder to lose weight, too, and the pounds keep piling on. You may need more diligent exercise and dietary habits to maintain a healthy weight.

What is medically supervised weight loss?

Dr. Hayes evaluates your hormones to see if that may be an underlying cause of your weight gain. If you’re unsure how to start a weight-loss journey, Dr. Hayes can help you understand how your personal metabolism works so you’re better able to lose weight.

She reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam and possibly runs blood work. She’ll also evaluate your diet and exercise routine to help you make changes to achieve weight loss. Additionally, Dr. Hayes can offer medications to help boost your metabolism and curb your appetite.

For more information about how you can overcome obesity with medical support, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.