Obesity and Diabetes in Fairlawn, OH

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What Are Obesity and Diabetes?

Obesity is a long-lasting (chronic) medical condition that is defined as having too much body fat, or a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and higher. Diabetes is also a chronic disease that occurs when the body either lacks enough insulin or doesn't use insulin properly to regulate blood sugar. If you are obese, this puts you at a higher risk of developing additional health problems, like diabetes. Both obesity and diabetes are often linked because having excess fat can prevent your body from responding effectively to insulin, which may lead to insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels.

At Monarch Ideal Care in Fairlawn, OH, your path to managing obesity and diabetes starts here. Board-certified family physician and certified health coach Dr. Leslee McElrath will work with you to build a custom treatment plan that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of these diseases. Find out more today by scheduling a consultation at our office.



How Are Obesity and Diabetes Treated?

At our Fairlawn, OH office, your individual treatment plan will vary depending on if you are dealing with obesity, diabetes, or both. To begin, Dr. McElrath may request blood work to check your glucose and hemoglobin A1C, which provides your average blood sugar levels over the past three months. This will enable her to determine if you have diabetes and how severe it may be. Dr. McElrath may also check your height and weight, as well as take a waist measurement to see if you are overweight or obese. Treatments may consist of nutritional guidance and dietary supplementation to aid with weight loss. Mental health counseling is available as well to help address any psychological factors that may be negatively impacting your physical health.


I have been seeing Dr. Leslee as a patient for a few months now. She’s great, she listens to my concerns with a professional, but relaxed approach. I will continue to refer patients to her because her bedside manner and knowledge set her apart.

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Dr. McElrath is the epitome of a patient focused physician. She always makes me feel heard and extremely comfortable no matter why I'm in the office. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new physician.

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Dr McElrath has set the standard all Doctors should strive in patient care. Bedside manner and benevolence in her astute care of myself and wife has been above the board. Patience and LISTENING are the first I recognized in her presence. Extremely knowledgeable in down to earth way. And she handled me being silly quite excellently. 🙃 Dr McElrath we are so grateful. Humbly Gallaghers

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Dr. McElrath has created a wonderful way of getting to know you as a person, not just a “patient”. She is eager to share with you a wealth of knowledge and guidance through individualized health coaching sessions; according to your personal needs. I loved working with her though this program because our sessions were not solely about “food” and “diet”. While nutrition is an important component in the topic of overall health and wellness, it is not the only focus throughout your time together. She has a strategic way of encouraging you to think outside the box, try new things, prioritize/create goals, and provides a professional outsider’s perspective on issues that she feels might be holding you back, emotionally, from becoming your best self. I specifically appreciated the user friendly patient portal and access to other wellness literature specific to my goals set for the next session. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is willing to make a commitment towards a healthier lifestyle and personal growth.

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Reach an Optimal Weight

Whether you need help managing diabetes or you struggle with obesity and simply want to lose weight, Monarch Ideal Care offers personalized treatments for you. Utilizing functional medicine, board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath can help you achieve an ideal weight and get your blood sugar under control. Schedule an appointment at our Fairlawn, OH office today to learn more.

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What causes obesity?

On a very base level, obesity is caused by excess calories being stored in the body as fat. However, there are many things that could cause obesity. These could stem from your body to your lifestyle. Visit our team today to learn more about what could be causing obesity and how to treat it.

What happens if obesity is left untreated?

If left untreated, obesity can lead to many consequences for you health. This could include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, some cancers, and more. For these reasons, it is very important to manage obesity as soon as possible.

What are some of the first signs of being diabetic?

Though biabetes can present itself in any number of ways originally, there are a few symptoms that are more prominent than others. For instance, most of our patients first notice things like:

  • Frequent urination
  • Constant hunger and thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Numb hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.