Weight Loss Specialist

Bertina Hooks, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Phoenix Health & Wellness PC

Bertina Hooks, MD

Internal Medicine Physician located in Fair Oaks, CA

Maintaining a healthy weight is something that 70% of United States citizens struggle with on a daily basis. Even the slightest changes in your routine can make a big difference in your weight. Dr. Bertina Hooks at Phoenix Health & Wellness PC helps men, women, and families living in or around Roseville, California find real and practical solutions to weight loss. To learn more about medical weight loss options, call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss refers to non-surgical and diet pill-based solutions that help you lose weight under a doctor’s supervision.

Dr. Hooks helps you manage your weight by targeting the causes of your weight gain or inability to lose weight and making productive changes to your lifestyle, rather than fixing aesthetic annoyances.

Medical weight-loss programs often include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive metabolic testing
  • Medical diagnostics to monitor psychological shifts
  • Diet medication regimen
  • Dietary programs

Who is a good candidate for medical weight loss?

Medical weight-loss management comes in handy for a variety of people who struggle with their weight, either because of their habits or because of their genes.

Dr. Hooks recommends medical weight loss if you:

  • Are clinically obese or severely overweight
  • Suffer from weight-related medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, osteoarthritis, or cardiovascular disease)
  • Have a history of weight-related cancers
  • Have a family history of obesity or being overweight
  • Are pregnant and need help maintaining a healthy weight
  • Are gearing up for weight-loss surgery
  • Need to maintain your weight after weight-loss surgery

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to your overall health and well-being, and helps you avoid the health complications that obesity can cause.

What are the risks of obesity?

Over 35% of adults struggle with obesity. An individual is declared obese when their body mass index (BMI) exceeds the normal range which is greater than 30. 

Obesity can have serious consequences, such as:

High blood pressure

This occurs when the blood vessels pump blood at too fast a speed. As a result, they strain your heart and pressure your artery walls. Obesity can make high blood pressure even worse, causing hiccups in the body’s ability to transport blood through the vessels.

Heart disease

People struggling with obesity may suffer from heart-related issues due to heart disease, including:

  • Atherosclerosis: the hardening of the arteries
  • Chest pain due to excess fatty deposits in the arteries and reduced blood supply to the heart muscle (supply-demand ischemia)Heart attack
  • Pulmonary emboli-blood clots in the arteries of the lung, deep venous thrombosis-blood clots in the veins of the arms or legs
  • Stroke


Type 2 diabetes is the most common side effect of obesity, which causes resistance to insulin and raises blood sugar levels.


A form of arthritis that affects your joints, typically your knees and hips. Extra weight stresses the joints and can cause serious complications, like mobility impairment.


Obesity contributes to an increased risk of the following cancers in women:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Uterine cancer

Men run the risk of contracting prostate and colon cancer.

Psychosocial effects

Obesity affects self-image and self esteem due to the social stigma and perception of body image.  Obesity is associated with obesity-related illness such as sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer so medical weight loss can help prevent or control these medical conditions and allow you to live the quality of life you are striving for. 

Call Phoenix Health & Wellness PC today to learn more about the comprehensive medial weight loss programs that will support the physical and mental transformation.  


Last updated: April 30, 2018

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