Medical Weight Loss Program
Medical weight management programs provide treatment in a clinical setting with a licensed healthcare professional such as a medical doctor and a registered dietitian.
A medical doctor who understands the disease of obesity and offers full medical weight management will provide the initial consultation. The initial consult involves a focused medical evaluation for diseases related to obesity and causative factors, along with a physical examination. In addition, the medical professional will obtain a weight history, which includes past diet attempts. Additional testing may be recommended depending upon the medical history and physical findings.
The use of weight-loss medications, can be considered if weight-loss levels out at a still unacceptable range or if medical problems are not adequately controlled. Medical Weight Management may be offered to individuals affected by obesity who have failed to achieve weight-loss through diet and exercise alone. These medications may help in weight loss by reducing appetite or inducing early satisfaction when eating.
An example of the medication that we use is Saxenda (Liraglutide 3mg). This medication works well to control the patient's appetite to complement a healthy diet and regular exercise habit. It is a safe, prescription-only drug that can be a useful adjunct to boost weight loss or maintain weight loss.
Although weight-loss achieved by diet, exercise and medications seems modest, research has shown that weight-loss as low as 5 percent of initial body weight can lead to favorable improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and insulin sensitivity. The risk of developing heart disease is reduced the most in patients who have impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.