Peach State Endocrinology

Weight Management Specialist

Weight Loss - Semaglutide

Endocrinologist and Weight Management and Weight Loss Specialist
located in Peachtree City, GA

Weight Management and Weight Loss

More than two-thirds of adults in the United States fall into the categories of either being overweight or obese. Multiple factors play a role in weight management and the metabolism of the human body. At Peach State Endocrinology in Peachtree City, GA, Evgenia Korytnaya, MD (Dr. K), specializes in Metabolic Disorders such as Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Dyslipidemia. Schedule online or call to schedule an appointment with Dr. K today.

Learn more about Obesity at Endocrine Society. 

Learn more about Top Weight Loss Medications at Obesity Medicine Association. 


What is it:

Obesity is more than just excessive weight. It is a chronic medical condition  and both genetic and environmental factors contribute to this complex disorder. Obesity often leads to fatigue, mobility issues, and increased health risks such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and heart disease.


  • Increased body weight and BMI (Body Mass Index)

  • Excessive fat deposition, especially around the abdomen, hips, and thighs

  • Fatigue, reduced mobility, and difficulty performing physical activities

  • Increased risk of various health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea and joint problems

What causes it?

  • Genetic Factors: Genetic predisposition can influence an individual’s susceptibility to obesity.

  • Environmental Factors: Overconsumption of calorie-dense foods, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of physical activity contribute to obesity.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

  • Diagnosis: Obesity is often diagnosed using BMI measurements. A BMI of 30 or higher indicates obesity.

  • Treatment: Treatment involves lifestyle modifications, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and behavior therapy. In severe cases, medical intervention, such as prescription medications or bariatric surgery, may be considered.

Learn more about Top Weight Loss Medications at Obesity Medicine Association.

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Metabolic Syndrome

What is it:

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It’s characterized by a combination of abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and abnormal lipid levels.


  • Abdominal obesity (excess fat around the waist)

  • High blood pressure

  • High blood sugar (insulin resistance)

  • High levels of triglycerides and low levels of HDL cholesterol

What causes it?

  • Insulin Resistance: Underlying insulin resistance plays a central role.

  • Obesity: Abdominal obesity contributes to insulin resistance and other components of metabolic syndrome.

  • Genetics: Genetic factors can increase susceptibility to metabolic syndrome.

  • Lifestyle Factors: Poor diet, lack of physical activity, and smoking can worsen the condition.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

  • Diagnosis: Diagnosis is based on the presence of at least three of the following criteria: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol.

  • Treatment: Lifestyle changes are key, including weight loss, physical activity, and a healthy diet. Medications may be prescribed to manage individual components.

Learn more about Metabolic Syndrome.


What is it:

Dyslipidemia refers to abnormal levels of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood. It can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease


  • Often asymptomatic, but can manifest as:

  • Xanthomas (yellowish deposits under the skin)

  • Chest pain (angina) or other symptoms of cardiovascular disease

  • High triglycerides can lead to pancreatitis which can manifest with severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting

What causes it?

  • Genetics: Genetic factors can predispose individuals to dyslipidemia.

  • Unhealthy Diet: Diets high in saturated and trans fats contribute to elevated cholesterol levels.

  • Lifestyle Factors: Lack of exercise, smoking, and excess alcohol consumption can worsen dyslipidemia.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

  • Diagnosis: Blood tests measure levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Sometimes more extensive testing is required. 

  • Treatment: Lifestyle changes are crucial, including adopting a heart-healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking. Medications may be prescribed to manage lipid levels.

Learn more about Lipid Disorders (Dyslipidemia) at Endocrine Society.

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