The struggle with weight is one that’s shared by two-thirds of the population in the United States, as two of out of three people are considered overweight or obese. Because of these large numbers, there are plenty of products and services that are answering the call, promising too-good-to-be-true results with very little effort. The fact is that there’s no magic bullet when it comes to shedding the excess pounds, but there are some aids we can provide that will ease the way forward.
At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC, our team of medical experts understands the serious health consequences that can develop because of weight issues. From diabetes to cardiovascular issues, those extra pounds carry some significant risk, which is why we offer weight-loss management services to our patients.
As part of our program, we may turn to prescription medications, and the following is a quick look at what some of these medications can and cannot accomplish.
When medications are appropriate
The baseline for your weight starts with a body mass index (BMI) calculation, which gives us a better idea of the percentage of body fat you’re carrying. If your BMI is over 30, it’s considered to be obesity, which is a classification that can usually benefit from prescription weight-loss medications.
Even if your BMI is between 25 and 30, you may still benefit from these medications if you also have a medical problem that’s related to your weight.
The prescription medications that are available tackle your weight loss from different angles. For example, these medications can act as an appetite suppressant or work to make you feel full faster — or both.
Another pharmaceutical approach to weight loss is a medication that hampers your body’s ability to absorb fat.
To determine which approach is right for you, we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing your health, your habits, and your goals before choosing a medication that best suits your unique situation.
Understanding the side effects
Prescription weight-loss medications aren’t without side effects, which can range from nausea to flatulence. While some patients experience no complications, many do, so we make sure you understand the possible side effects before you start taking your medication.
No magic bullet
Weight-loss medications, as we’ve emphasized above, aren’t a magic bullet. Whichever medication we choose, you still need to do your part by changing your diet, reducing your calories, and exercising more.
In fact, it’s this work that sets you up for the best chances of success when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. Through our weight-loss management services, we’re with you every step of the way, making adjustments wherever necessary, until you reach your final goal.
To explore whether prescription medications for weight loss are right for you, call our office in Niles, Illinois, at 847-920-4612 to set up a consultation.