The Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is an integrated, educational medical program for those looking to control their metabolic issues related to insulin resistance and obesity through dedication to nutrition, physical activity and overall lifestyle change.
The program is a science-based approach to optimal health and wellness. It is a revolutionary approach to nutrition and weight management, specifically helping patients to regain their lives from Type 2 diabetes and abdominal obesity.
Unlike traditional diet and weight loss programs, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program focuses on the metabolic diseases caused by obesity. Our educational, integrated program is led by a physician who works closely with patients to establish the most effective plan for them while providing the motivation they need to stay on track to reach their health goals quickly and safely. Expert, specialized, clinical professionals, dedicated to patients' health and well-being, manage the Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program.
It includes: concentrated clinical and nutritional counseling and motivational support designed specifically to treat chronic health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension (high blood pressure). The program includes dietary supplements and meal replacements.
Comprehensive medical and nutritional histories will be obtained, and there will be frequent physician follow-ups to monitor patients' progress with their individualized medical nutrition therapy and physical activity. Resources for behavioral psychology and physical activity will be made available to patients. If appropriate, referrals will be made for bariatric procedures. For more information, please call, (248) 858-2475.
The Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program is headed by Tom Rifai, MD, Medical Director. He also is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and member of the world renown Pritikin Longevity Center's Science Advisory Committee in Miami, Fla.
Dr. Rifai is board certified by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, which recently named him to a second three-year, at-large position on its board of directors, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. His specialties are metabolic nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease through behavior and lifestyle modification as it applies to insulin resistance related issues including but not limited to: pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and obesity management.