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Lifestyle Management of Women's Health Conditions
At the Healthful Eating, Activity, and Weight Program, our specialists can help you make changes in diet, physical activity, and behaviors that are key to successfully managing certain women’s health conditions. These include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, menopause, lipedema, and breast cancer survivors. Our team works closely with experts in gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, and oncology to manage your care.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, which can cause irregular periods and contribute to infertility. Women with PCOS are at high risk for weight gain and the development of complications such as diabetes and cancer.
Infertility: A woman may have difficulties having a child for a variety of reasons. Changes in lifestyle and weight loss complement the treatment strategies used by physicians at your fertility center. In particular, our specialty physicians work together with the experts at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center.
Menopause: Weight gain can occur as a woman transitions through menopause. Changes in lifestyle can help prevent weight gain or help you lose weight. Our specialty physicians work together with menopause expert, Dr. Wen Shen, at Johns Hopkins Gynecology at Green Spring Station.
Lipedema: Lipedema is a chronic condition characterized by a symmetric buildup of adipose (fat) tissue in the legs and sometimes in the arms. This condition is linked with pain, swelling, and easy bruising, and occurs almost exclusively in women. Our specialty physicians can evaluate and diagnose lipedema, and then connect affected women to treatments services.
Breast Cancer Survivors: Healthy lifestyle habits and a healthy weight are key for breast cancer survivors. Obesity has been linked with increased risk for breast cancer recurrence. Many women gain weight while being treated for breast cancer. Our team works with women to make healthy changes to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Our specialty physicians work together with the oncology experts at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, as well as other oncologists. Women with one of these conditions have an evaluation with one of our specialty physicians to create a lifestyle change plan to meet your unique needs. Our program offers a variety of services for women:
Visits with Physician Experts
Our clinic is staffed by physicians board-certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. This is recognition of their expertise in strategies that are scientifically proven to treat overweight and obesity. Our physicians will discuss all of your weight loss options. This may include lifestyle changes, group programs, medications, weight loss surgery, and other minimally invasive procedures.
After the first evaluation, all patients will have regular follow-up visits with our physician experts. These visits will focus on one-on-one counseling to support your lifestyle changes and care may include medication management. We work with patients and their healthcare team to manage any chronic conditions linked with excess weight. These visits are usually covered by insurance.
Group Weight Loss Program
We offer a group program based on a scientifically proven lifestyle change curriculum to lose weight. Our program is adapted from the landmark Look AHEAD trial, which demonstrated the many health benefits that can occur with weight loss.
A trained lifestyle coach leads group sessions in a private classroom setting located in our clinic. Patients first complete an orientation session online, and then attend groups every other week. The groups cover new topics to support your weight loss, such as problem solving, healthy eating, managing holidays, and staying motivated. We recommend that you plan to participate for about 12 months. This program may be covered by insurance. All patients need to complete an initial evaluation with one of our specialty physicians to before registration in a weight loss group. You can enroll at any time.
Visits with Psychology and Nutrition
We offer services from a licensed psychologist with expertise in behavior change and obesity, as well as a nurse practitioner with expertise in nutrition. During your first visit, we will discuss these treatment options with you. Nutrition visits are available now, and Psychology visits will be available in late 2020.
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