Friday, September 8, 2017

Weight Loss Options

It is no secret that permanent weight loss is hard to accomplish.  Three out of four Americans are overweight, obese or morbidly obese.  People who are obese have a greatly increased chance of developing many chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain kinds of cancer.

Unfortunately, our society meets the definition of an Obesogenic Culture: “An environment which promotes weight gain.”  At home, at work and at play we are prompted to eat large portions of high calorie foods.  And few of us get enough exercise: less than 1 out of 5 American adults meet the minimum recommendations of 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

The diet industry makes tens of billions of dollars every year, yet we still make little progress toward weight loss, or we lose weight and gain it back.  So what are the next options for the person serious about weight loss?

Medications for Weight Loss
Ask your physician if these medications might be right for you, including questions about possible side effects. Results are in the 10 lb weight loss range, which is enough to improve health but often is less than what patients expect.

Xenical or Alli (Orlistat)- This medication prevents the body from absorbing some fat from food, which reduces the calories absorbed by the body. 

Contrave (Naltrexone + Buproprion)- These two meds combine to cause appetite suppression.
Belviq (Lorcaserin)- causes feelings of fullness.

Qysymia (Phentermine-Topiramate) works to decrease appetite and extend feelings of fullness.

Saxenda (Liraglutide)- reduces appetite and slows the emptying of the stomach to prolong fullness.

Surgical Options for Weight Loss
These options are for those who have not been able to succeed at weight loss and their quality of life is being affected.  Insurance may pay for these if certain requirements are met.  Results show an average weight loss of 20% to 60% of a person’s extra body weight.

Restrictive Surgery- Gastric bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Band are 3 types of surgical options which physically restrict the amount of food a person can eat at one time.  The Gastric Band option is reversible.

Electrical Stimulation System uses a device implanted below the rib cage which generates electrical pulses.  These pulses block nerve signals between the stomach and the brain, causing a person to feel full. 

AspireAssist consists of a tube inserted into the stomach with an opening on the abdomen.  The tube is opened after each meal to release 30% of the food eaten, so that the calories cannot be absorbed by the body.

Are any of these options right for you?  Asking your healthcare provider is the best first step you can take! Topeka Pharmacy wants to help you succeed in your health goals!

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