Can medication really help ?
Our understanding of obesity has grown in recent years and therefore so has the pharmacological treatments.
There are several medications available for the treatment of obesity, which can be used in combination with diet, exercise, and behavioral modifications. Some of these medications include:
Orlistat: This medication is a tablet that works by blocking the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine.
Naltrexone-bupropion: This medication is a tablet combination of two drugs that work together to reduce appetite and increase metabolism.
Liraglutide: This medication is a GLP-1 receptor agonist that helps to control appetite to loose weight. This involves a daily injection.
Semaglutide: This is similar to Liraglutide and is also a GLP-1 agonist which helps control appetite to loose weight. This is a once weekly medication.
It is important to note that these medications are not appropriate for everyone and should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
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How do they work?
GLP-1 agonists are medications approved to treat obesity that mimic the activity of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1. They help regulate blood sugar, reduce appetite, promote feelings of fullness, and have been shown to have a positive effect on weight loss for those suffering with obesity.
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What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?Dietitians specialize in providing dietary advice to treat various diet-related diseases and medical conditions, including medically managed weight loss. Nutritionists work primarily in the community, but they also contribute to laboratories, food manufacturing, private clinics, sports clubs, and gyms to promote healthy living through diet and nutrition. The Irish law protects the profession of "Dietitian," requiring that individuals register with the national health regulator, CORU. In contrast, the term "Nutritionist" is not protected, leading to the possibility of anyone labeling themselves as a Nutritionist. Therefore, it is important to be cautious when selecting a Nutritionist. Spectrum Health Dietitians, who partner with the Medical Weight Management Clinic, hold either a degree or master's degree in Dietetics and all dieticians are registered with CORU and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional body for Dietitians in Ireland.
What are some healthy food options that can help manage obesity?Incorporating high-fiber, nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your diet can help manage obesity. Reducing or eliminating processed and high-calorie foods like sugary drinks, fried foods, and snacks can also be beneficial.
How much water should I be drinking to help manage obesity?Drinking at least 8 cups of water per day can help manage obesity by reducing hunger and promoting feelings of fullness. Water can also help flush toxins out of the body and improve digestion.
Is it necessary to cut out all fats from my diet to manage obesity?No, it is not necessary to cut out all fats from your diet to manage obesity. Consuming healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish in moderation can actually be beneficial for weight management and overall health. However, it is important to limit or avoid unhealthy fats like saturated and trans fats found in processed foods.
Can tracking my food intake help manage obesity?Yes, tracking your food intake can help manage obesity by increasing awareness of calorie intake and identifying areas where adjustments can be made. There are many apps and websites that can help track food intake and monitor progress towards weight loss goals.
Reduced appetite: GLP1 medications can help reduce appetite by increasing feelings of fullness and decreasing feelings of hunger. This can lead to a reduction in overall caloric intake, which can contribute to weight loss.
Improved blood sugar control: GLP1 medications can help regulate blood sugar levels by increasing insulin secretion and decreasing glucagon secretion. This can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, who are at a higher risk for weight gain and other health issues.
Improved cardiovascular health: GLP1 medications may have cardiovascular benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular complications. This is particularly important for people who are overweight or obese, as they are at a higher risk for these conditions.
Better overall health: Weight loss achieved through GLP1 medications can improve overall health by reducing the risk of other health conditions associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. This can lead to improved quality of life and a reduced risk of other chronic health conditions.