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How a health professional can help you

In this article, Dr Rachel Nelligan lists the health professional who can support people with osteoarthritis with weight management.

There are a range of health professionals who can support people with osteoarthritis to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy weight. These health professionals all play a different role in supporting weight management:

Health professionals for weight management: General practitioner (GP)/ family physician: can discuss weight loss strategies & prescribe medications to help with weight loss or recommend an accredited dietitian. It’s recommended you speak with your GP/family physician before starting a weight loss program. This is especially important if you have a pre-existing condition (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure) or take prescription medication. Physiotherapist: can work with you to tailor an exercise & physical activity plan to support your weight loss or weight management efforts that is also beneficial for your joint symptoms. Psychologist: can be helpful if you experience low mood because of your weight & weight loss journey. They can also help with strategies for making lifestyle changes like changing your diet or exercising more. Pharmacist: can give advice on buying weight loss products such as meal replacements & can provide advice on medications. Exercise physiologist: can work with you to develop an exercise & physical activity plan to suit your requirements. Dietitian: is a trained professional with the skills to provide expert nutritional advice. They can provide advice about healthy eating & dietary options that suit you, your medical history & your lifestyle. That can also support you to make changes to your lifestyle to assist with maintaining weight loss.

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