Who is a good candidate for weight loss medication?

The use of weight loss medications might be recommended by your doctor as part of a comprehensive approach to weight loss. Weight loss medications can help give a boost to someone who has put in the time and effort to lose weight by making lifestyle changes and incorporating a healthy diet and exercise but is still struggling to lose weight.

What are ways I can get more vitamin D during the winter months?

In the winter, you might not be able to get outside often to take in sunlight on your exposed skin. Instead, you can increase your vitamin levels with food and supplements. Not many foods have vitamin D naturally in them, but there are a variety of foods fortified with vitamin D. Some foods with vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals, orange juice, salmon, tuna, and mushrooms. There are two types of vitamin D supplements available. It’s important to talk to your doctor about which one and how much is for you. Some people only need vitamin D supplements in the winter while they aren’t outside as often as in the warmer months.

What are some ways I can reduce my sugar intake?

The best way to reduce added sugar in your diet is to avoid foods with excessive added sugar. Limiting and eliminating the following foods and drinks can be a great help:

• Baked goods

• Candy and other sweets

• Processed foods

• Sugary drinks, including soda and fruit punch

Sugary drinks are the number one offender when it comes to added sugar in foods in our diets.

How can treatment for thyroid disease help a person’s weight return to normal?

Because the thyroid affects how fast or slow calories are burned, it in turn affects how much someone weighs. Treating thyroid disease means helping to get thyroid hormone production back at a normal level, instead of excessively high or low. For example, treating an underactive thyroid will increase a person’s metabolism, which will help to burn more calories and cause weight loss.

Why does weight loss seem to be harder as you age?

As people age, their hormones change, which causes their metabolic rate to change. As men lose testosterone and women lose estrogen, their metabolism slows, making the weight easier to put on and harder to take off. Weight management can become more difficult for people in their 20s, but weight loss can become even trickier in your 30s.