Crystal Hill, MD, understands the value of seeking medical advice and treatment while trying to lose those extra pounds.
And now that it’s make-or-break time for New Year’s resolutions, Dr. Hill wanted to share information about physician-assisted weight loss, which is one of her special interests.
Dr. Hill cares for and treats patients at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, 923 Carroll, and Pawnee Valley Medical Associates, 713 W. 11th, both in Larned.
“I had a weight problem in the past,” Dr. Hill said. “I now enjoy helping others learn how to be healthier and lose weight.”
As part of her weight-loss regimen, Dr. Hill followed a physician-prescribed diet and took prescribed medications. “I eventually lost and kept off 100 pounds.”
The start of a new year is a “very popular time to make a resolution to lose weight,” she commented. “When someone is trying to shed those unwanted pounds, it is always easier if there is accountability.
“For example, we see our patients once a month to keep them accountable for sticking to the diet and exercise plan, as well as taking the prescribed medications.”
Dr. Hill’s weight-loss services are for men and women who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. The BMI number is 27 for those with chronic medical problems such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension or heart disease.
Anyone interested in physician-assisted weight loss can ask about it at their next appointment or wellness check, or schedule an initial consultation.
“We will perform a general exam and possibly order some lab work,” Dr. Hill noted. “There also would be a discussion about diet and exercise, and the possibility of medications and a dietary consultation.”
Weight-loss medications can be prescribed for various reasons, including appetite suppression, metabolism issues and insulin regulation.
“Some medications help in more than one of these areas; some focus on brain chemicals,” Dr. Hill commented. “Some medications are short-term, around 90 days, and some are used long-term. We will find the right medicine for each individual.”
Dr. Hill collaborates with a HaysMed dietician who comes to Larned regularly.
She also consults with medical professionals who offer bariatric surgery at various locations.
“While every patient is different, our collaboration can lead to the right mix of diet, exercise and treatments,” Dr. Hill summarized. “Those with weight issues don’t have to fight the battle alone.”