UAB’s Weight Loss Medicine: One of a Kind in the South

By on March 7, 2014

UAB opened its new Weight Loss Medicine program, the only program of its kind in the South, early January to combat the obesity epidemic, as well as diabetes and hypertension.

Alabama has the fifth highest obesity rate in the United States, one of the most obese nations in the world, behind Mexico. The climb in weight over the past few decades has prompted many people to pursue healthier lifestyles—exercise and a healthful diet, weight-loss programs, or even weight-loss surgeries. For good reasons too, considering that excessive weight can lead to coronary heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, and even colon or breast cancer.

UAB’s new weight loss program, located in the 1st and 5th floors of UAB Highlands hospital, offers a multidisciplinary approach to solving personal weight issues, such as losing weight or keeping the extra mass off. The co-directors, Dr. Amy Warriner, associate professor in the School of Medicine, and Dr. Taraneh Soleymani, assistant professor in the School of Health Professions, describe the program as also being a helpful tool for those who wish to maintain their weight during “high-risk medical conditions” such as breast cancer treatment or post-injury rehabilitation. Weight Loss Medicine integrates a medical and personal approach to address personal weight problems by coordinating input from a physician, a dietician, an exercise trainer, and even a behaviorist.

Buttressed by the combined strength of the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB School of Health Professions, this program draws upon the technology, equipment, and expertise from the Departments of Medicine, Nutrition Sciences, Surgery, and Pediatrics. As such, it is able to offer its patients a wide variety of treatment options from, bariatric surgery treatment to the National Diabetes Prevention Program. In fact, Weight Loss Medicine’s roots come from UAB’s nutritional program, Eat Right, another potential treatment for patients that implements better eating and exercise habits.

A physician can refer a patient to the program, or the patient can refer his or her self. Upon making an appointment, a patient can expect to receive a thorough and extensive evaluation, which will lead to a personalized plan for treatment. Even during the first evaluative appointment, a blood test and a measurement of resting metabolic rate of the patient will be taken to determine what may be causing their excessive weight and how much energy the patient burns in a day. Weight Loss Medicine claims to offer the “latest evidence-based treatments and programs” for the patient.

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