Coming to Structure House presents an extraordinary opportunity for health enhancement. Whether you are here to manage existing medical conditions or are committed to preventing weight-related health issues, the health-supportive behaviors you learn and practice during your visit will begin to transform your body, not just through weight loss, also but through improved functioning of nearly all organ systems in your body.
Good nutrition and regular movement are a powerful combination for optimal health and physical functioning. As participants progress through the program, they notice many positive physical changes, occurring more quickly than most usually expect. In addition to weight loss, you may experience the following physical improvements:
- Energy level and sense of vitality
- Ease of movement and better balance and posture
- Healthier skin and hair
- Improved gastrointestinal health
- Lower blood pressure and blood sugar
- Better quality of sleep and breathing
- Decreased joint pain
- Increased muscle strength and tone
Positive physical changes are also happening in ways you cannot as readily see on a daily basis – improved functioning of your heart, brain, lungs, markers of cardiovascular health such as triglycerides and cholesterol, inflammatory processes, and metabolism, among others.
Initial health assessments, including fasting lab testing, are completed as soon as you begin the program and at Week 4 in order to measure some of these health indicators before and after the program. We can discuss with you how to continue monitoring your progress once you return home. Initial health assessments are also conducted so that we can help guide you toward appropriate fitness activities, identify any conditions that may need regular monitoring or other accommodation, and facilitate medical specialist referrals if needed.
Our medical services are provided by compassionate and helpful Registered Nurses and consulting, Duke-affiliated physicians. Nursing staff is available daily to attend to your general health needs, monitor health conditions, evaluate any new symptoms, assist you if you become ill or injured, facilitate medication prescriptions, and communicate with your home medical providers as needed. Endocrinology, psychiatry, and general internal medicine appointments are available on Thursdays. Participants can request these appointments themselves, and in some circumstances, we recommend these appointments to provide you the best care and medical oversight.
You’ll also have access to our health staff through weekly health-related classes that are part of our program curriculum. These classes address topics related to understanding metabolism, improving weight-related medical conditions, making sense of lab results, identifying healthy weight loss goals, addressing weight plateaus. Although not on-site 24/7, our nursing staff, like any of our staff, can be reached after hours in an emergency through our answering service.
Individuals desiring more comprehensive education and management of issues related to Diabetes are invited to add the Diabetes Module to their program. This module includes weekly appointments with a Board-Certified Endocrinologist, extended nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietitian, and Diabetes education from a Registered Nurse who is a Certified Diabetes Educator.