By Sasha P. RinconDr. Donald W. Tice is a leading physician providing a quality-based approach within his area of expertise: metabolic, hormonal and bariatric medicine. With over 25 years practicing medicine; it was the sign of an alarming number of patients with obesity issues in the last 10 years that engaged him to enroll in a metabolic bariatric medicine fellowship from the American Society of Bariatric Medicine that emphasized hormone therapy.
“Obesity was causing patients depression, diabetes, cardiovascular and other metabolic diseases. As I researched and completed training in obesity medicine, I discovered that a significant contributing factor to obesity was hormone imbalance,” Dr. Tice said.
Further research and studies on hormones led him to assess that if either nutrition or hormones were out of balance that it would cause the other to become imbalanced. This resulted in a patient who could experience a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, insomnia, intolerance to cold, hot flashes, fatigue, loss of libido and increased cancer risk.
“In my office, I emphasize genetic testing and family history because clues to disease risks and other problems may lie in a patient’s history or gene code,” Dr. Tice explained.
Bioidentical hormones have been around for decades but have emerged over the last several years as a treatment of choice for many patients. Dr. Tice spotlights bioidentical hormone replacement therapy because properly administered hormone therapy and nutrition can also prevent or slow the occurrence of many diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, strokes, arthritis and diabetes.
Testosterone therapy for women is a commonly overlooked treatment for behavioral and hormonal imbalance. However, the effect of testosterone on the human body for both men and women is being re-examined. Testosterone therapy relieves many women of premenstrual syndrome and post-menopausal symptoms without increasing cancer risk, making it an alternative worth researching further.
As one of a few physicians in the country holding credentials specializing in metabolic, bariatric and hormonal treatment, Dr. Tice’s active role in reviewing new studies, articles and taking additional courses on hormone medicine outside of his required specific certification in metabolic and bariatric medicine, keeps him on the leading edge. He’s also spent the last four years training for certification by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in Nevada, Arizona, South Carolina and Florida.
Dr. Tice urges that everyone needs a good, quality source of protein with every meal beginning with breakfast. Protein leads to muscle growth, healthy skin, healthy organs and is vital to proper function.
Dr. Tice and the WellHealth Center for Metabolic & Hormonal Medicine staff participate and support local events that promote cures for cancers on an annual basis. Directly relating to his field of expertise, Dr. Tice illustrates the significance of their philanthropic focus on cancer charities, “Cancers like breast, uterine, colon and prostate are closely linked to nutritional deficiencies and hormone imbalances.”
Outside of work, Dr. Tice enjoys spending time with his family and staying active playing tennis and boating. He also likes taking in the activities and shows in Las Vegas.Donald W. Tice – WellHealth Center for Metabolic & Hormonal Medicine Credentials: D.O.
Medical Specialty: Metabolic, Hormonal and Bariatric Medicine