Weight Loss Specialist

Michael J. Barnthouse, MD

Gynecologist & Hormone Replacement Specialist located in Kansas City, MO

Research shows that losing even 5-10% of initial body weight leads to tremendous improvements in the overall health of people who are overweight or obese. At his practice, serving Johnson County, Kansas, and the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area, Michael J. Barnthouse, MD, helps women achieve their weight-loss goals with healthy lifestyle coaching and lipotropic vitamin B12 injections. If you’re looking for a healthy way to lose weight, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnthouse today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What are the health risks of being overweight or obese?

Being overweight can affect the way you feel about yourself and limit the activities you decide to engage in. In addition to negative effects on your self-esteem, carrying around extra body weight can increase your risk for several serious medical conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory problems such as sleep apnea
  • Several types of cancer, including colon, uterus, and breast

How do I know if I need to lose weight?

Any weight higher than what’s considered healthy qualifies as overweight. Body mass index (BMI) is an easy way to find out if your weight is too high, average, or too low.

You can calculate your own BMI if you divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. Otherwise, you can do an internet search for “BMI calculator,” or ask Dr. Barnthouse what range your body weight falls into at your next appointment.

A BMI greater than 25 means you’re overweight, while a BMI over 30 counts as obese. If you’re very muscular, this may increase your BMI without meaning you have excess fat. The best way to find out if you need to lose weight is to discuss your concerns with Dr. Barnthouse.

How can a doctor help me lose weight?

At Comprehensive Gynecology, Women’s Wellness, and Hormone Center, Dr. Barnthouse provides care for your total health and well-being.

Since excess body weight can affect your quality of life and make you more susceptible to several types of cancers, including those specific to women’s reproductive health, Dr. Barnhouse offers weight-loss services to help you achieve a healthier body.

If you’re concerned about weight loss, Dr. Barnthouse discusses your best options for treatment during a comprehensive health evaluation. First, he performs a physical exam and asks questions about your lifestyle and eating habits. Depending on your unique situation, he may recommend the following treatments:

  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • Lipotropic vitamin B12 injections
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Dr. Barnthouse is here to help you overcome your struggles with excess fat and body weight. Call or click online to schedule an appointment today.