Why a Gastroenterologist Should Treat Obesity
When you think of managing your weight, you may think it’s time to turn to an improved diet or a personal trainer at your local gym. But did you know that your gastroenterologist can help? Dr. Alexander Shapsis, a Board-Certified gastroenterologist at Atlantic Gastroenterology and founder of EndoSlim Clinic in Brooklyn, New York, encourages you to consider treating obesity under the care of a gastroenterologist and hepatologist (GIH). With their professional help, you can see the changes needed to achieve a healthier body and lifestyle while improving self-confidence and self-esteem.
10 Reasons Why a Gastroenterologist Should Treat Obesity
When you turn to a gastroenterologist for assistance in treating obesity, you will find many benefits of working with a professional in this manner.
Let’s learn about 10 ways in which a gastroenterologist or hepatologist can assist with weight loss for obese patients:
- Newest non-surgical, minimally-invasive, endoscopic bariatric procedures, such as Intragastric Balloon (IGB) or Endoscopic Suture Gastroplasty (ESG), now offer incredibly impactful weight loss results
- Obesity is a significant risk factor for gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic diseases. Starting obesity treatment with current patients in the GIH clinic has the potential to impact serious consequences of obesity
- Gastroenterologists employ treatments directed at GI structure, incretins (hormones), and metabolic function to treat obesity
- Gastroenterologists understand the effects of incretins beyond glycemic control
- The multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, lifestyle therapists, bariatric surgeons, and dietitians is key to the optimal management of obesity in the long term
- Obesity may significantly impact the treatment and complications of IBD
- Obesity may impact more than GI or liver disease in the same patient being evaluated in the GI or liver clinics
- Gastroenterologists have opportunities to resolve obesity comorbidity in patients after liver transplantation
- Obesity is heavily impacted by the gut microbiome, which places it firmly within the domain of gastroenterology
- Treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) may improve glucose tolerance
Ready to discuss your weight needs with a professional?
If you live in or around Brooklyn, New York, and want to speak to a dedicated professional about your needs for treating obesity and other coexisting issues, consider working with Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team at Atlantic Gastroenterology and EndoSlim Clinic New York.
We are open to both new and returning patients and welcome you to our office to seek solutions for obesity and other GI issues that impact your day-to-day life.
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