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12/18/2014 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
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Can’t lose weight or keep it off? Feeling run-down and tired and don’t know why? Dr. Rayme Geidl provides answers in a free presentation Jan. 7
Dr. Rayme Geidl wants to clear a couple of things up: You can be in a “healthy” weight range but at serious risk of diabetes and/or heart attack. And, if you’re always feeling run-down and tired, but usual blood tests come back normal, a more in-depth assessment may be very eye-opening.

Geidl - the only board certified Obesity Medicine physician in Idaho north of the Boise area - will explain how a person’s body chemistry affects their energy levels, weight and general health from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Gritman Conference Center.

Not everyone is blessed with favorable genetics, but understanding how an individual’s metabolism works allows steps to be taken toward avoiding future problems and correcting those that exist. Those steps might include specific, individualized nutritional changes, medication adjustments, and/or vitamin supplements.

“Some people are technically overweight but very healthy, while other people are at risk of diabetes or heart attacks even though they are normal weight, exercise, and have what they believe is a good diet – this is largely due to genetics,” Geidl said. “With the right kinds of blood tests, we can get a pretty good idea of what is wrong and what we need to do about it.”

Geidl, who practices at Moscow Medical, recently opened a clinic, Northwest Metabolic Medicine, dealing exclusively with weight loss, metabolism and related issues. She holds dual board certification, in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She was one of only 158 doctors in the nation to successfully pass the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam in 2013.

Geidl’s presentation will be of interest to a variety of people, including people who:

•    Feel run-down or out of sorts, even though there is no apparent reason for it and their blood tests appear normal
•    Have tried to lose weight but can’t, even if they severely restrict their calories
•    Have lost weight but haven’t been able to keep it off

The trial-and-error method can be very frustrating.  Geidl’s passion is to teach each patient how their individual body works, and to lay out a road map of the steps needed to reach their goals. This is accomplished through sophisticated blood tests, body composition assessment, and a thorough evaluation of other potentially contributing factors.   

For example, not all people process fat efficiently. Their bodies may not be storing very much fat externally– but they’re not burning it up, either, so fat collects in the blood, which is very unhealthy and can raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes. For others, the pancreas produces too much insulin, which causes an excessive storage of fat.

Geidl developed the first Medical Bariatrics clinic on the Palouse and starting in October began practicing Obesity Medicine full time in two locations, at Moscow Medical and Northwest Metabolic Medicine.

At the Gritman presentation Jan. 7, Geidl will give an overview of common metabolic and biochemical issues she treats.

She earned her MD degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed Family Medicine residency training in Spokane, Washington. She then spent 3 years working in a Community Health Clinic in Spokane before returning to Moscow in 2004.

“Specialized testing can reveal early markers for all kinds of issues,“ Geidl said. “If you know about them, and take corrective action, you can prevent a lot of illnesses.  But equally important is that my patients come away with knowledge about how to live their lives according to their own unique physiology and start feeling good again.”

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