Weight Loss

Decatur Health and Wellness

Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR

Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine located in Tucker, GA

Losing excess weight is one of the best ways to improve your health and extend your lifespan, but shedding the pounds can be a challenge. Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR, of Decatur Health and Wellness in Tucker, Georgia, is an experienced primary care physician and expert in obesity medicine who provides medically managed weight loss programs that can help you lose weight and keep it off. Find out more about achieving your weight loss goals by calling Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss important?

Being overweight or obese is one of the leading causes of preventable disease in the United States, and it’s a problem that’s getting worse. Carrying an unhealthy amount of weight can cause serious illnesses such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing difficulties
  • Gallstones

The health benefits of successful weight loss are immense, not just in reducing the risk of serious health problems, but in improving mental health and your ability to enjoy your life. If you need to lose weight but are finding it a challenge, the team at Decatur Health and Wellness can help with supported medical weight loss programs.

What happens when I join a weight loss program?

It’s important to make sure that the weight loss program at Decatur Health and Wellness is perfectly designed to keep you healthy while you lose weight, so at your first appointment, Dr. Harrington carries out a comprehensive physical exam, laboratory workup of blood and urine samples, and a body composition analysis.

Before attending your physical, you need to fill out some forms that provide Dr. Harrington with information about your medical history. She reviews this with you and discusses your current health and well-being at the initial appointment, and gives you all the information you need about the treatment options available, which include: 

  • Custom meal plans
  • B12 injections to boost your metabolism
  • Phentermine for suppressing your appetite
  • Lipo-Plex lipotropic injections to improve fat metabolism

Using all this information, Dr. Harrington can create a personalized weight loss plan for you.

Why do I need a laboratory workup before starting a weight loss program?

Before starting any diet or weight loss program, you need to know that it’s safe for you to do so, and have information about any underlying medical condition that could affect how well you tolerate medication or the type of exercise that’s most suitable for you.

It’s also important to find out if there’s any medical reason why you have a weight problem, for instance, a condition that causes weight gain or makes it harder to lose weight, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypothyroidism.

Lab workups at Decatur Health and Wellness include the following tests.

  • Complete blood count
  • Complete metabolic panel
  • Lipid panel
  • Thyroid panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Vitamin D level
  • Insulin level
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Urine pregnancy test (for women)

Dietary deficiencies can also impact your general health and ability to succeed with a diet and exercise program. For example, a Vitamin D deficiency could make it more likely that you develop osteoporosis, a degenerative disease affecting bone strength. You may need supplementation or adjustments to your diet to correct any deficiencies.

To find out more about effective, sustainable weight loss, call Decatur Health and Wellness today or book an appointment online.