COVID-19 response: Remote video consultations available

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, I am pleased to offer remote video consultations for my patients. In this way, patients can continue to benefit from specialist advice while staying safe at home. Video consultations are conducted using a secure video platform. The platform is accessed by simply clicking a link, without the need for any complicated software installations. If the conditions or symptoms requires a face-to-face consultations, these will continue at the BMI Priory Hospital where appropriate safety measures are in place. Investigations such as blood tests will continue to take place at the BMI Priory Hospital. Remote video consultations are approved and covered by the majority of insurers in the same way as before.

Your body deserves a good health

Look after yourself and start the year with a metabolic health check

Your metabolism is as unique as your fingerprint. Look after yourself and start the year with a metabolic health check.

  • Body composition
  • Resting Metabolic Rate
  • Personalised metabolic advice tailored to individual goals
  • Personalised report to take home

Use code ME2019 to receive 12% off when booking online

  • Appointment Request

  • Your Info

Metabolic health check consultations with Dr Manolopoulos are at the BMI Priory Hospital in Birmingham, UK. Consultation hours are Saturday 11 am to 1 pm. Book a consultation for £195 and receive 12% off with code ME2019 in January.

Dr Manolopoulos accepts privately insured patients, self-funded patients, and patients from overseas. The consultation cost for a new patient appointment is £195 and for a follow-up appointment is £110 for self-paying patients (all major debit/credit cards accepted). Dr Manolopoulos accepts patients insured with the following private health insurance providers: AXA, Aviva, BUPA, Vitality. Appointments can also be made by calling the BMI National Booking Centre on 0800 142 2309. Discount code valid for bookings requested until 31 January 2019.

10 Top Tips for a healthy weight

Many people are familiar with the idea of getting into bad habits and how difficult it can be to change. By understanding how habits are formed, it is possible to develop new healthy habits which can have long-lasting, positive effects on our health.

Ten Top Tips promotes the formation of healthy eating and activity habits, such as eating regularly, swapping to low fat foods and walking every day. Once healthy habits are formed, we are more likely to continue the healthy behaviour.

1. Keep to your meal routine
Try to eat at roughly the same times each day, whether this is two or five times a day. This will help you avoid unplanned meals and snacks which are often high in calories.

2. Go reduced fat
Choose reduced fat versions of foods such as dairy products, spreads and salad dressings. Use them sparingly as some can still be high in fat [or sugar!].

3. Walk off the weight
Walk 10,000 steps (equivalent to 60-90 minutes moderate activity) each day. Try using a pedometer to help count the steps. You can break up your walking throughout the day.

4. Pack a healthy snack
If you snack, choose a healthy option such as fresh fruit or low calorie yoghurts instead of chocolate or crisps.

5. Look at the labels
Be careful about food claims. Check the fat and sugar content on food labels when shopping and preparing food.

Ten Top Tips Weight Loss


6. Caution with your portions
Don’t heap food on your plate (except vegetables). Think twice before having second helpings.

7. Up on your feet
Break up your sitting time. Stand up for ten minutes out of every hour.

8. Think about your drinks
Choose water or sugar-free squashes. Unsweetened fruit juice is high in natural sugar so limit it to one glass per day (200ml or 1/3 pint). Alcohol is high in calories so limit the amount you drink.

9. Focus on your food
Slow down. Don’t eat on the go or while watching TV. Eat at a table if possible.

10. Don’t forget your 5-a-day
Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, whether fresh, frozen or tinned (400g in total).

You can read more about the Ten Top Tips on Cancer Research UK or Weight Concern.

Why you should know your metabolic rate

Why you should know your metabolic rate

Metabolism is the process, where calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. This process of energy production is vital to sustain every aspect of life, and consequently is an important component of your health.

Your metabolism is as unique as your fingerprint and is affected by factors such as age, body composition, hormone function, physical activity levels and diet. Therefore, understanding your metabolism – how your body produces and consumes energy – is key to improving your overall health and wellbeing, not only your weight.

In my clinic I use a technology called Indirect Calorimetry to assess the metabolic health of patients. This technology comes straight out of research and was previously only available to elite athletes and researchers.

Metabolic health testing with Indirect Calorimetry allows:

  • To perform a valid, reliable and accurate assessment of a patient’s metabolic profile
  • To classify a patient’s metabolism as slow, normal or fast
  • To determine a patient’s use of glucose or fat to generate energy
  • To determine the success or failure of a treatment regime to correct energy imbalance

Resting Metabolic Rate measurement

The test involves breathing at rest through a special mouthpiece that is connected to a machine which measures breath composition. The test takes between 5 and 8 minutes. Information gathered includes daily energy requirement at rest in calories, how this energy is being produced (whether from fat or carbohydrate), and the efficiency with which cells use oxygen for energy production.

The information is used to discuss a plan and daily calorie target that is unique for every individual patient. The test can also monitor whether the nutritional changes result in a switch in energy production (e.g. from carbs to fat in someone who wishes to lose weight). The switch in metabolism can be detected before any visible weight loss, and provides reassurance that the actions taken are working.

If you feel that you would like to discuss measuring your metabolic rate with me, please request an appointment using the form below.

  • Appointment Request

  • Your Info

Appointments at the BMI Priory Hospital Birmingham

Appointments at the BMI Priory Hospital Birmingham will start in the week commencing 1 October 2018.

My consultation times are Saturdays, from 11 to 1 am. New patient consultation appointments are scheduled for 40 minutes, and follow up appointments for 20 minutes. The consultation cost for a new patient appointment is £195 and for a follow-up appointment is £110 for self-paying patients. Consultation costs are covered for patients insured through Bupa, Aviva, AXA and Vitality (prior approval required).

Appointments can be requested online through the website, or by contacting the BMI Priory Hospital on 0121 446 1638.

A new blog about endocrinology!

Over those long hot summer days I took the decision to add a blog to my website, and after some initial hesitation about the whole endeavour, I now have to say that I am quite excited about it! Through the blog pages, I will aim to provide you with interesting and relevant news from the world of hormones. This will include answers to common questions I get in my practice, new developments in treatments of hormonal conditions, and anything else that might be useful to know. I will also use this website section to announce any news about my private practice. Blog posts will also be linked to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you can be updated instantly if you follow me there.

Feel free to get in touch via the Contact page or social media to suggest any areas that you would like me to cover. I look forward to interacting with you all!