The Many Health Benefits of B Vitamin Injections and How They Can Accelerate Your Weight Loss

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

DSC_2890-2

Many people have asked why it is that we carry B vitamin injections, and even more why we carry so many different “types” of B vitamin injections. In this post we want to address the benefits of Vitamin B12 supplementation, as well as the variations of B Vitamin injections that we carry.

Firstly, we highly recommend that anyone on a low calorie diet should supplement additional vitamin B-12 into their regimens. Vitamin B-12 is involved in a wide range of bodily functions, and most importantly for our purposes energy production. This means that is one is deficient in B12, they are likely to feel more tired and less likely to have the necessary control to make the kind of hard choices necessary to reach their health and fitness goals.

Beyond the basic B12 injection and its many beneficial effects, we offer several different types of B vitamin injections, specifically formulated with additional supplements to meet you individual goals. The most popular variation that we offer is the “Fat Burner” shot, which includes a standard dose of B12 as well as a collection of amino acids that both help to increase the efficiency of your fat loss by encouraging blood flow to fat deposits, as well as mitigate any of the potential side effects that accompany any weight loss program (ie, diminishing hair and nail quality, jitteriness or restlessness, etc.).

Our second most popular option after the “Fat Burner” lipotrophic injection is the “Energy/Anti-Inflammatory” injection. This particular injection is geared toward either those who are very active, resulting in regular soreness and achiness, or those with chronic pain or soreness due to injuries or other health issues. In addition to an extra large dose of B12 (there is currently no known hazardous limit to B12 supplementation) this injection includes an amino acid blend that helps to bring down general inflammation, and thus reduce soreness and pain. Using this shot weekly can help to increase your energy in the gym, as well as increase recovery time after intense workouts.

Our last injection is typically reserved for those who have begun an exercise routine, since it must be used in conjunction with one of our B12 injections due to being a “complex” containing all the necessary B vitamins except for B12. Patients report significant joint pain relief, as well as increased exercise endurance and recovery when using this injection weekly.

In summary, we recommend trying a course of the B-12 metabolism injection + fat burner lipotrophic injection once a week for 4 weeks to enhance weight loss when you are taking phentermine and or using the HCG diet shots.  The B-12 metabolism + fat burner injection is administered as 2 separate injections on the arm, or we can combine them for you for 1 injection on the hip or gluteal region.

If you are suffering from joint pain, knee pain, back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and or have intense work-out regimes, we recommend the energy anti-inflammatory + super B-complex injections weekly, which is administered as one injection into the hip or gluteal region.  You may be surprised at the results after the first week or two.

Now Offering Hormone (HRT) / Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

elevation-medical

If you’ve come in and spoken with us about any of our programs, you undoubtedly remember hearing about how important it is to use your diet and exercise to maintain an appropriate balance of hormones. Starting in our 30s, our bodies begin to slow down production of hormones such as Testosterone and HGH, which in turn results in an unfortunate accumulation of body fat and a regular decline in muscle mass and natural energy levels.

In order to be sure and help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals, we here at Elevation Medical Weight Loss is now offering both male and female hormone replacement therapies (HRT). We use bio-identical hormones for men (testosterone) and women (estrogen and or progesterone).  In order to begin, Dr. Cooper will send you for some blood work testing to determine if such therapy would be of benefit to you.

There is an unfortunate stigma commonly associated with hormone supplementation, especially when the treatment involves testosterone replacement therapy (TRT); however this is mostly the result of abuse. By properly monitoring and treating low hormone levels, you can safely and quickly regain much of the energy and confidence that we tend to lose as we age.

The benefits of hormone therapy are far reaching and impact everything from baseline energy and exercise endurance, to increasing muscle mass and sexual performance. When paired with our recommended exercise and diet plans, you can see changes in your fitness and general well being that far exceed what you could achieve with standard diet and exercise techniques alone.

We’ve put together some information to answer commonly asked questions regarding hormone replacement (HRT) or testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):

How safe is hormone replacement?
We use bio-identical testosterone therapy for men, and estrogen and or progesterone for women.  These hormones are naturally produced in your body.  Based on your blood work, which is the most accurate form of testing for hormonal imbalances, Dr. Cooper will design a dose that you will feel your best in within 1-2 week with minimal side effects.

What is the difference between hormone replacement for men vs women in your program?
Generally, men will need testosterone to help them feel like they’re in their 20s or 30s again.  Women’s hormone replacement may consist of estrogen and or progesterone to minimize of perimenopausal, menopausal, and age related symptoms.

What kind of work-up do I need?
Blood work provides the most accurate and best indicator of how your body is operating.  Both men and women will need a very comprehensive hormone panel before starting.  We test for: full blood count (CBC), metabolic panel with liver profile (CMP), Free & Total Testosterone, LH, FSH, Estradiol (sensitive assay), TSH, DHEA-S.  We will need prostate level (PSA) for men over 40 year old, and then an annual PSA.  We do not use saliva testing.

Do I need to fast before obtaining blood work?
No, fasting is not necessary.  Evidence as demonstrated by the Journal of American Medical Association, JAMA, see article here.

Where can I go for blood testing?
At any LabCorp nationwide.  The closest LabCorp to our Pittsburgh/Green Tree location is off exit 67 on I-376.  You may use the same LabCorp if you live in Weirton.  The closest location to our Weirton clinic is either in East Liverpool, OH, or Candiz, OH.  For more locations visit this link here. No appointments needed.

How long do I need to be on this treatment program?
As long as you want to be.  Similar to eating healthier and leading a more active lifestyle, if you feel your best on hormone or testosterone replacement therapy and your lab work shows positive results, we can continue you on the program.

Who would consider a consult for treatment?
Men who are between the ages of 30-65 who do no longer have the energy or workout recovery that they had in their prime and wish to regain them.

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), reduced sex drive & spontaneous morning erections, increased joint/muscle pain, teste decreasing in size, low sperm count or infertility, night sweats, fatigue, memory issues, mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating, decrease muscle mass and strength, increase body fat & waist size.

What about treatment for women? Who would benefit from hormone replacement therapy?
If you are between the ages of 40-65 or younger who had a hysterectomy, oopherectomy (removal of ovaries), or suffering from perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.  

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
Symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance includes: weight gain, hot flashes, irregular menses, dry hair/skin, hair loss, night sweats, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, fluid retention, headaches, depression/anxiety/mood swings, fatigue, forgetfulness, and more.

How much does hormone replacement or testosterone therapy cost?
Initial consult questionnaire by phone, email, or in person is of no charge.  If you are a candidate for either hormone or testosterone replacement therapy, you can call us or send us payment information for the initial lab work.  Within the same business day, you will receive an order requisition to go to a local LabCorp for testing.  

      • Summary of all pricing:
        • Initial Consult/Blood Work testing $250.  
        • 12-week Testosterone Replacement Program for men $875, which includes all supplies, medications, physical exam, and follow-up labs 8-10 weeks into the program.
        • 12-week Hormone Replacement Program for women $650, which includes medications, physical exam, and follow-up labs 8-10 weeks into the program.
      • There are no hidden fees or contracts. Though you can consider the $250 necessary to obtain a comprehensive hormone panel to be your one time “start-up fee”.

What kind of treatment or regimen can I expect on testosterone replacement (TRT) or hormone replacement (HRT)?

    • We prescribe testosterone injections and generally 2 other medications.  The treatment consist of:
      • Testosterone 40 mg – 100 mg injected under the skin (SQ) twice a week
      • HCG 25-50 units (250-500 IU) twice a week during the first week of the month (week 1, week 3, week 5, week 8, week 11)
      • Anastrazole (Amiridex) 0.25 mg – 1 mg twice a week.
        • All dosing above can be done during the same day, twice a week.
    • For women, we prescribe an estrogen and or progesterone cream, gel, or tablet. 

Pricing for Hormone & Testosterone Replacement Therapy
*no hidden fees, no contracts agreements*

Male testosterone initial consult/lab work order  $250 Female HRT initial consult/lab work order $250
12-week testosterone program $875 

(includes all medications, supplies, and follow-up blood work panels at 10 weeks)

12-week hormone program $650

(includes all medications and follow-up blood work panels at 10 weeks)

How do I get started on hormone therapy?
You can either call us at 412-304-2016 for both Weirton and Pittsburgh (Green Tree) location to answer a few questions regarding symptoms and your goals of therapy, or contact us here. You should receive a response on the same business day.

Send us questions and we will frequently update our website with more information.

What Makes Our HCG Program Different Than What You Might Expect

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

HCG injections are a popular, safe, and effective method to lose weight.  Typically, if you follow our meal plan and calorie guidance, you can expect to lose 15-35 lbs a month.  Our HCG diet program may differ from many alternatives in the Pittsburgh area in ways that make the program very flexible. Our HCG program is:

  • Accessible to almost everyone
  • Simple to follow.  No loading phase or pre-binging required
  • The program is customized for you
    • HCG can be mixed (reconstituted) with either bacteriostatic (medical-grade) water, or a combination of cyanocobalamin/Lipotrophic/Fat Burner B-12 solution to enhance efficacy and improve fat loss.
    • Titratable dosing.  During your visit, we will guide you through drawing up the HCG from the vial into small, insulin syringes for dosing.
      • Since the same 125 IU or 150 IU does not work for everyone, you have the option of increasing or decreasing your dose to maximize treatment.
        • Women tend to do better at lower doses, ranging from 100 IU – 150 IU.
        • Men tend to do well at higher doses, ranging from 150 IU – 200 IU.
  • We use the smallest injection insulin-type needles possible, 31 gauge– so that you will barely feel a pinch.
  • No limit on wearing makeup or using certain shampoos, deodorants, or lotions
  • No hidden fees or start-up costs.  Our HCG program is $195 and includes everything you need for 30 days

How to Use HCG injection syringe on the stomach

This video illustrates how to self-administer HCG diet injections for rapid fat loss at Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Pittsburgh & Weirton

Several FAQs regarding HCG injections

What does your HCG program consist of?
Our program is a 30-day diet plan geared for rapid fat loss.  The 30-day HCG program comes in a 5000 IU vial that you use 125-175 IU daily.  We do not offer drops, since in our experience the most effective HCG protocol is by injection. This injection is given using a tiny needle that goes just beneath the skin.  The needle is about as thin as a fishing line and ⅓ inch long.

I really would like to try the HCG program to jumpstart my weight loss, but I am not comfortable with needles.  How do I know that I can perform the injections myself?
The needles we use are ultra-fine insulin syringes, and so you should barely feel the injection. Above is a video to demonstrate how simple it can be for you to perform the injection.  Also, we would be more than happy to walk you through an actual demonstration with sterile water when you come by the clinic.

What are the side effects?
HCG shots are generally very well tolerated.  During the first couple of days, a few people may experience morning nausea and irritability, similar to other methods involving calorie-restrictions; however, if you quickly consume 15-20 grams of simple carbohydrates, you will find quick relief of these symptoms.
For women who have heavier menstrual cycle, you may experience more intense symptoms associated with your flow, such as cramping and slightly heavier bleeding.  This may be alleviated by avoiding HCG use during 3-4 days of your menstrual cycle.  In fact, we recommend to abstain from HCG use during the heavier days of your cycle for the same reasons.

What are the benefits beside rapid weight loss?
Proper usage in the morning will increase your energy and suppress hunger.  This effect is maximized when you follow our simple dietary instructions of eating unprocessed foods.  You will feel “normal” while on a calorie restriction for rapid fat loss without symptoms of fatigue or starvation.

What can I do to maximize my success on the HCG program?
Besides following our basic instructions on diet and hydration, most people choose to add phentermine along with a combination of B-12 & Fat Burner/Lipotrophic shots.  The phentermine (Adipex) works synergistically with HCG to provide the best result.  We have had many clients described this particular combination as “easy”.

Will I gain the weight back after I lose it?
We are not in control of your appetite or behavior and so we can make no guarantees, however we aim to provide you with the necessary tool and guidance to keep off the weight that you lose.  We can assure you that if you are smaller frame, you will continue to lose weight eating double the calories of the prescribed HCG diet (1200-1600 calories a day), or under 2500 calories/day for the large frame bodies.  In summary, through proper counseling and guidance, you will keep the weight off and continue to lose more fat if you make an active effort in improving your health and well-being.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

In other news, we finally have our sign up in Weirton on Three Springs Dr.  This will make it easier for you to find us. Since we have an exercise demo room in the back of the Weirton clinic, Coach Drew will soon be able to show you the best exercises to perform with free weights, barbells, and gymnastic rings for those who are interested in losing weight and toning or building muscle mass.

psx_20170220_165751
Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton WV

As far as the Pittsburgh location, we are off exit 67 Green Tree, adjacent to the Anytime Fitness in the Dollar Tree plaza. We are working on making the Pittsburgh location more visible to you.

Losing Weight & Feeling Younger with Sermorelin

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

Here is a testimonial from a client who has been using Sermorelin injections over the past 3 months.

“My mother always said it would catch up to me…

I was pretty thin most of my life and due to my active lifestyle working with horses I would eat anything I wanted and never gain a pound! All that changed after my forties and added stress from the new desk job and life in general led to an increase of some 50 lbs. I tried to diet, even got a membership at Planet Fitness for over a year, but nothing worked until I found Elevation Weight Loss!

After only a few short months I had lost 46 pounds! My size 16 became a 6 just in time for the holidays and celebrations and I couldn’t be happier with my health either! I was facing type II diabetes and the possibility of needing medications daily. Then I was told my bone density was decreasing rapidly and I was completely vitamin B deficient! The B complex injections helped my energy levels and adding the fat burned helped me keep up with my daily chores but I really noticed the difference when I decided to try Sermorelin! Dr. Cooper was so kind and informative, who knew that talking about a diet and activity plan could be so much fun? I learned that my body was producing less human growth hormone and combined with the weight gain and energy loss my body was becoming ill. After the first month, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but then it started to melt away like butter!

I intend to continue using Sermorelin to maintain my health and weight, after all, how could a naturally occurring hormone cause any harm? As a therapist, I have done extensive research on many of the newer diet medications and believe the natural products are not only the safest but also don’t have unwanted side effects comparatively.  It’s so refreshing to know there are alternatives to the big pharm products and diet fads; besides, having Dr. Cooper as your own personal health coach is the best bonus of all!

The Grateful Graduate,

Nikki F.

before-after-nancy1-2

“From 186 lbs. (picture right) and too embarrassed to have my picture taken out of the water …

To 140 lbs. in five short months! My confidence has improved and my health couldn’t be better! Thanks Dr. Cooper!”

 

Losing Weight With Elevation Medical Weight Loss

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

It may be 2017 already, but at Elevation Weight Loss it feels like the new year doesn’t really begin until February. Especially with all the extra time we needed to lose those “holiday” pounds.

new year weight loss.jpg
see our list of healthy food recipes HERE

 

Here are some of the benefits of losing weight:

  1. Increased mobility.
  2. Reduced risk of injuries.
  3. Decreased difficulty getting up and down.
    MaiLan sitting anywhere.jpg
  4. Waking up with more energy for the day.
  5. Feeling more satisfied with smaller portions of food.
  6. Shopping for new clothes is more enjoyable.
  7. Reduced joint and back pain.
  8. Less dependence on many daily medications (but ask your family Dr. first).

As part of opening up our second location in Weirton, we would like to take this opportunity to provide accessible weight loss services to more individuals.  If you are even slightly motivated, we can help you get to your best health for 2017.

We have a referral program where you can send a friend or family to us for both parties to receive credit toward your services.  If you have questions, ask about our referral program here.
referralcard-emwl-jpg

Lastly, we have certain hours that Dr. Cooper will be in for new patient evaluations for weight loss and medication refills.  If you make an appt, it will limit your wait time and we can get you in faster; also some additional hours may be available by appt only.  Usually our clients are accustomed to making appointments in any healthcare setting, so you can make appointments with us; however, walking in during these hours is absolutely OK.

PHYSICIAN WEIGHT LOSS HOURS
*for new clients and medication refills*

PITTSBURGH (2350 Noblestown Rd. )
FRI 3p-6p & SAT 10a-1p

WEIRTON (241 Three Springs Dr.)
FRI 11-1p & SAT 3p-5p

Just a note, we are open during regular office hours to administer weekly B-12 injections, weigh in and waist measurements.

Pittsburgh Green Tree regular office hours:
Weds-Fri 12p-6p
Sat 10a-3p.

Weirton WV regular office hours:
Tues & Thurs 11a-5p
Fri 10a-2p
Sat 1p-5p

Hope to see you soon!

Elevation Medical Weight Loss Second Location in Weirton, WV

We are excited to announce that we are opening a second location in Weirton, WV off Three Springs Dr. exit 4.

weirton-wv-elevation

This week we will be assembling furniture and doing some final touching up. We are hoping to see you either this Saturday, January 28th 2017 from 3p-5p for a pre-launch.  Our official opening date is  Thursday, February 2nd 2017 at 11am.

WEIRTON HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Weirton Book an appointment using SetMore241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062
304-914-3112
WEIRTON GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-in) WEIRTON PHYSICIAN CLINIC HOURS (weight loss evaluations)
Tues & Thurs: 11am – 5pm
Fri: 10pm – 2pm
Sat: 1pm – 5pm

Fri: 11am – 1pm
Sat: 3pm – 5pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours