Weight Loss Specialist

James  A.  Sharkoff, M.D. -  - Primary Care

Pueblo Medical Center

James A. Sharkoff, M.D.

Primary Care located in Stanton, CA

Being overweight is more than an aesthetic concern. There are more than 160 million Americans overweight or obese — a number that continues to increase. Carrying extra weight increases your risk of severe health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, and chronic illness. James Sharkoff, MD, works with men and women to develop safe weight-loss strategies at Pueblo Medical Center in Stanton, California. If you’re ready to lose the extra weight and live a healthier lifestyle, schedule an appointment online or call the practice.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss important?

Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem or one of discomfort. The more weight you carry, the greater your risk for health problems. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of whether you’re at a healthy weight in relation to your height. For most adults, a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 means you’re at a healthy weight. People considered obese have BMIs over 30.

Weight loss is difficult for many people, but studies show that even modest weight loss contributes to a healthier lifestyle and decreases your risk of health complications associated with obesity. Working with Dr. Sharkoff, eating proper nutrition, and increasing your activity level are healthy ways to lose some pounds and maintain your new weight.

What health conditions are linked to obesity?

If you are obese, it’s important to take steps to reduce your weight. Obesity is linked to several potentially life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension

Obesity also affects your self-esteem and quality of life and may lead to psychological problems, including depression.

How can a doctor help me lose weight?

James Sharkoff, MD specializes in family medicine for patients of all ages, including weight loss. He offers an integrative and holistic approach to helping patients lose weight.

When you visit Pueblo Medical Center for help losing weight, Dr. Sharkoff starts the process with a comprehensive exam and medical history to determine if there are underlying health issues, such as a hormone imbalance, contributing to your weight gain.

Then, he’ll work with you to customize an appropriate weight-loss plan based on your needs with support in the form of nutritional counseling, exercise plans, and potential medication management. 

Can medications help me lose weight?

While medication is rarely the first treatment method for weight loss, patients with a BMI over 30 are considered obese and can benefit from medication to assist with the weight-loss process. 

Patients with a BMI of 27 or more who also have hypertension or type 2 diabetes are also candidates for weight-loss medication prescriptions. Weight-loss medication helps reduce hunger or can make it harder for your body to absorb the fat consumed in your diet.

If you’re struggling to lose weight, call the Pueblo Medical Center or schedule an appointment online for assistance. Dr. Sharkoff can support your weight-loss journey and help you lose the extra weight and keep it off.