Obesity Specialist

Sheremet Gashi, MD

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine located in North Arlington, NJ

About two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which means they're at risk for serious medical problems. As a top internist in North Arlington, NJ, Dr. Sheremet Gashi helps patients at Patients First overcome obesity with custom weight management plans based on each person's unique needs for optimal results and better health.

Obesity Q & A

Sheremet Gashi, MD

What kinds of medical issues can obesity cause?

Obesity has been linked with serious medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, depression and even dementia. Studies have shown obesity may even increase the risk for certain cancers. Plus, people who are obese are more likely to experience hormonal imbalances and social isolation which can contribute to an overall lower quality of life.

How does professional weight management compare to a traditional “DIY” diet program?

While some DIY or commercial diet plans can promote weight loss, these programs generally fail to address the underlying issues that can cause weight gain or make it more difficult to maintain weight loss once it's achieved. Plus, because they're designed for the general public, they don't take individual concerns or health and wellness into consideration, which means many men and women are left with nutritional deficiencies or other issues that can interfere not only with weight loss, but with general health as well. Professional weight management is built on a clear understanding of each patient's unique needs and lifestyle habits developed through physical exams, lab testing, and patient interviews, resulting in a customized program that helps patients achieve greater success while also maintaining optimal health.

What does a weight management program involve?

Professional weight management begins with a physical exam and evaluation to assess the patient's overall health and to determine if there may be any underlying medical issues or nutritional deficiencies contributing to weight gain. Lab tests like blood work or urinalysis may also be conducted, and patients will be asked about their lifestyle and habits. Once the evaluation is complete, a comprehensive weight management plan will be developed based on the patient's unique needs, lifestyle, and goals. Each weight management program is custom-tailored, and ongoing medical assessments help ensure patients stay on track to achieve their goals and maintain weight loss once it's achieved.