A little bit about me:
Dr. Jeffry N. Gerber, M.D. FAAFP is a board certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor”. He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness and prevention.
Nutrition and its effects on health are areas of interest for Dr. Gerber. Frustrated with spiraling healthcare costs related to the treatment of diseases like diabetes, atherosclerosis and heart disease just to name a few, Dr. Gerber has been focusing on prevention and treatment programs using low-carb high fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleo and Primal diets in the overweight and obese. He maintains a database of patients, looking at weight loss and improved cardio-metabolic markers, demonstrating the benefits of these types of diets. Redefining healthy nutrition is a goal. Dr. Gerber speaks frequently about these important issues to patients, the community and other health care professionals.
Dr. Gerber trained at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and graduated in 1986. He completed a medical Residency in Family Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital in 1990 and was board certified in Family Medicine in 1991. Dr. Gerber sits for the Family Medicine re-certification exam every ten years and attends continuing medical education programs on a regular basis. He is Level II certified by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to treat work related injuries.
In 2010 Dr. Gerber received the honorary Degree of Fellow, FAAFP from the AAFP for his commitment to family medicine and contributions to the local community.
Dr. Gerber is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the Colorado and the Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert medical societies and the Weston A. Price Foundation.
We have been helping our patients improve their health and optimize their weight with prescribed lifestyle change. We redefine healthy nutrition and teach patients about the relationship between unhealthy refined and processed foods and chronic illness. The science of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, insulin resistance, inflammation and chronic metabolic disease is revealing.
Dietary carbohydrates are the optional fuel and most people consume too much. Natural dietary fats were never unhealthy. Teaching patients how to make better food choices based on the carbohydrate content controls hunger, promotes weight loss and improves health.
Dr. Gerber has years of experience treating patients using carbohydrate restriction with low-carb high-fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleolithic and Primal diets as primary interventions. He maintains a database following patients weight, cardio-metabolic markers, and other health perameters, demonstrating the benefits of carbohydrate restricted diets.
Nutrition and its effects on health have always been areas of interest. Obesity and overweight are truly the resultant symptoms of chronic metabolic disease, ultimately caused by the many inflammatory foods in our diet. Blaming behavior (that we eat too much and exercise too little) for Why We Get Fat is a short-sighted explanation, especially when considering our present day understanding of metabolism.
The science of insulin resistance helps us to understand the epidemics of overweight, obesity and type II diabetes in our country. Fueled by dietary carbohydrates, insulin resistance promotes inflammation and leads to many other chronic diseases, including the metabolic syndrome, lipid and cholesterol disorders, hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, premature aging, cancer, dementia, depression, cancer, liver and GI disease, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, arthritis, impotence, PCOS and infertility, just to name a few.
Obesity rates have doubled in adults and tripled in children and adolescents since the official USDA dietary guidelines for Americans were released in 1980. We are one of the heaviest countries in the world. Presently two-thirds of adults are overweight and or obese and one-third of children and adolescents are overweight and or obese. Although Colorado remains the thinnest state in the country overweight and obesity remain significant health issues.
Within our lifetimes we are witnessing these epidemics for which we can only blame a shift in nutrition over the past century. The production and sale of manufactured and industrial food has steered us away from consuming whole, unprocessed and nutrient dense foods. Consumption of sugars, high fructose corn syrup, grains such as corn, wheat and rice, starchy vegetables, legumes and industrial vegetable oils are to blame. Profitable to the food manufactures these refined and processed foods, containing mostly carbohydrates and or manufactured oils, wreak havoc on metabolism, health and make us hungrier.
We know that early civilizations and primal man were healthy and ate much differently, a diet based on whole and unprocessed foods such as animals including fish, seasonal nuts, roots, vegetables, fruits and natural fats. Ancestral Health teaches us about the relationship between whole foods and wellness throughout the ages.
Dr. Gerber speaks frequently about these important issues to patients, the community and other healthcare professionals.
Patients meet with Dr. Gerber and receive a personalized program encompassing nutrition, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. A physical examination and blood work, including a two-hour glucose tolerance test, will help to detect insulin resistance and other disorders of metabolism. Dr. Gerber will follow your progress along with addressing any other ongoing medical issues. Advanced cardiovascular testing including Berkeley Heart Lab LDL particle size sub-classification and Vasolabs Carotid-IMT testing are also available.
We provide long-term solutions for weight loss and diet, but we are not a traditional medical weight loss clinic. We refer to these traditional programs as pay-per-pound weight loss. Clients are required to pay out-of-pocket with a guarantee of rapid weight loss. If and when the goal is reached, usually the clients runs out of money and most regain the weight. Unfortunately these clinics contribute to the unhealthy yo-yo effect of dieting.
In contrast, our program works with your health insurance, accepting most plans. The goals are long-term, treating metabolic and chronic disease, co-morbidity and associated illness along with any weight issues.
We are re-defining the delivery of quality healthcare itself by placing nutrition center stage, thus addressing the true cause of chronic disease. Maintaining ideal body weight for life is critical because there is no medication or medical therapy that will treat and prevent disease as well, period!
Physicals, preventive services, counseling and referrals from other doctors are usually covered within our program. Insurance plans will cover nutrition counseling and weight loss in the context of treating associated medical conditions and total health. We also accept self pay if you do not have insurance.
Jeffry Gerber, MD
Telephone: (303) 346-9490
7780 South Broadway, Suite 250
Littleton, Colorado 80122