Counseling the Obese Patient
1. Use BMI measurements to determine obesity.
2. Counsel patients who are overweight or obese on how to make lifestyle modifications to reduce their risk for developing comorbidities, such as DM and CVD.
3. Assess the risks and benefits of medications and surgery to promote weight loss, and prescribe when indicated.
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Shannon Keel, MD, Faculty, St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency, Grand Junction, Colorado
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