MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS
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Take the first step towards restoring your health and wellbeing with our medical weight loss program. Let us help you get back on track to living your best life.
While a healthy diet and regular exercise are vital to maintaining a stable and healthy weight, it can be difficult to keep up with given all of life's stressors. This is why many people look to medical weight loss as the next step. The goal of medical weight loss is to provide the treatment and guidance necessary to help you achieve safe weight loss and maintain it for life.
In conjunction with diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes, medical weight loss, which includes the use of medication, can help get the weight off and keep it off! . Exams and testing are also used to identify any medical conditions or hormone imbalances that may be hindering weight loss. The goal of medical weight loss is to provide the treatment and guidance necessary to help you achieve safe weight loss and maintain it for life.
WHAT IS SEMAGLUTIDE?
Semaglutide is an injectable prescription medication for adults with obesity or excess weight who also have weight-related medical problems.
It works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. In clinical trials, patients lost an average of 15% of their body weight.
Important things to note:
While many people are excited about this new weight-loss-approved medication, semaglutide is designed for those with a BMI of at least 30.
The treatment works best when used in conjunction with regular exercise, healthy diet, and healthy lifestyle habits.
Sometimes hormonal imbalances are the cause of weight gain. Be sure to discuss any symptoms with our Nurse Practitioner as she may recommend additional labs to evaluate your hormones and treatment if necessary.
WHAT IS TIRZEPATIDE?
Tirzepatide is a medication that has been approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes. Tirzepatide works by mimicking the action of two different gut hormones, Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP). When blood sugar rises after eating, the drug stimulates the body to produce more insulin, which lowers blood sugar. It also slows down the movement of food from the stomach, making people feel fuller for longer. Additionally, GIP activation is thought to act synergistically with GLP-1 receptor activation which allows for greater weight reduction.
Tirzepatide has been found to lower fasting blood glucose levels & increase weight loss in participants who were overweight or obese at the start of clinical trials. This suggests that it may be beneficial for those looking to shed excess pounds quickly & safely. This medication has all the benefits of Semaglutide for weight loss with appetite suppression but it also adds the component of fat loss with it, in other words, you’ll lose weight & keep it off for the long haul.
Who should not take these medications or those to be cautious taking these medications:
Shouldn’t: Those with personal or family history of thyroid cancer; multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2; other DM medications, especially insulin & sulfonylureas; history of pancreatitis, history of gall bladder disease; kidney disease; tachycardia; retinopathy; pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to get pregnant
Caution: Metformin; those with an elevated HR, as there are GLP-1 receptors in the SA Node (sinoatrial node); GI disorders; those with HTN (high blood pressure-hypertension) on BP (blood pressure) medications
Decreased glucose production, liver fat content, liver enzymes, & hepatic steatosis
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Consultation & Exam
Your provider will take time during your initial consultation to discuss your health history, current weight, your goals, review your BMI, order labs, do a physical exam, and develop a weight loss plan with prescription medication.
Our nurse practitioner weight loss specialist will go through the injection instructions in detail and also guide you in how to inject properly at home (once-weekly). We'll answer any questions you may have about the medication and place your initial order!
Most of our clients report noticeable results within 4 weeks of starting, with full effects of treatment taking several months or longer. We'll meet once a month (in person or via tele-health) to review your progress, answer any questions you may have, and order your next month's supply of medication.
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To learn more about Semaglutide and to see if you're a candidate for treatment, book an appointment by clicking below. Our Nurse Practitioner will obtain a medical history and physical exam, discuss your concerns and expectations, and then develop a weight management plan specific to your needs.