A Preventive Medicine Specialist Wants You Well

A preventive medicine specialist is a physician who, in addition to treating disease, focuses on preventing them. Dr. Heuer treats weight gain and its many underlying causes including diabetes, prediabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, fatty liver disease, hormone imbalances including peri-menopause and menopause, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, depression and anxiety. She teaches every patient how to maintain a positive lifestyle to prevent or reverse disease.

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Diabetes impairs the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin. This leads to high levels of blood sugar. It can be hereditary or the result of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Prediabetes is when there are elevated blood sugar levels in the body that have not reached the level of diabetes. The condition occurs in people who have high insulin resistance and can turn into diabetes if not treated or prevented with lifestyle changes including losing weight and exercising.

American Diabetes Association:
Diabetes Overview - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment
Centers for Disease Control:
Learn about Diabetes

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is when the tongue blocks the airway during sleep. It can cause debilitating daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, depression, and a general sense of unwellness. Over time, it gives rise to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and other life-threatening and life-shortening diseases.

American Sleep Apnea Association Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Medline Plus:
Sleep Apnea

Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. However, if you feel disproportionate levels of anxiety, it might become a medical disorder. Depression and anxiety often occur together and can interfere with your daily function, making it hard for you to lose weight.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America Understand the Facts
Mayo Clinic
Depression and anxiety: Can I have both?

Inflammatory disorders include an array of conditions characterized by inflammation. Examples include allergy, asthma, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). The symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders can be reversed and prevented by losing weight and choosing the right foods for you. 

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is when the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high.

High Blood Cholesterol is when levels of certain bad fats, or lipids, are too high in your blood. Together, they increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Centers for Disease Control: Facts About Hypertension | cdc.gov
American Heart Association:
The Facts About High Blood Pressure
Centers for Disease Control: Cholesterol Information | cdc.gov
American Heart Association: Control Your Cholesterol

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a general term for a range of conditions characterized by extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a more severe form of NAFLD in which there is swelling or inflammation in addition to fat in the liver.

Centers for Disease Control: FastStats - Chronic Liver Disease or Cirrhosis
American Liver Foundation: Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Information Center

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the result of repeated or prolonged exposure of the lining of the esophagus to acidic or non-acidic contents from the stomach. The most common symptoms are heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food or sour liquid, or the sensation of a lump in your throat, but there may be no apparent symptoms, so it can go undetected until another health issue arises.

preventive medicine specialist

Osteoarthritis (OA) happens when the smooth cushion between bones (cartilage) breaks down, causing joint pain, swelling, and impaired mobility.  It can affect any joint, but occurs most often in hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck. OA most commonly develops in middle age and affects women more than men. Losing weight helps decrease symptoms and slow the progression of OA.

American College of Rheumatology
Diseases and Conditions Osteoarthritis
Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis

Advanced Medical Weight Loss in Nyack, New York

Convenient to Rockland, Bergen, Westchester, Orange, Putnam, & Fairfield
In-office and Telemedicine Consultations Available

Dr. Heuer’s advanced medical weight loss approach targets your exact metabolic profile to determine the best weight loss plan for you. Her program can reverse or prevent metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, prediabetes/insulin resistance, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD/NASH), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obstructive sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastrointestinal disorders (including IBS), back pain/osteoarthritis, inflammatory disorders, migraines, anxiety, depression, peri-menopause, and menopause.  HRT, Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro prescribed as needed.  

I want to inspire my patients.
I want you to look at me and say,
"Because of you, I didn't give up."
I want to inspire my patients.
I want you to look at me and say,
"Because of you, I didn't give up."
preventive medicine specialist