Is Weight Loss Medication for You?

It’s a little disheartening to see one healthy, sensible diet work well for someone, but not for someone else who has followed the same food restrictions coupled with exercise. As a dental practice management consultant, I hear from many doctors and dentists about the steady rise of obesity and I read about it in their medical and dental advertising materials. And it doesn’t seem to get much better. For some people, no diet they try seems to work. It’s unfair to see these people work as hard as someone else and not get their desired weight-loss results. In fact, they don’t lose weight at all. In cases such as these, it might be time to consider a discussion with their physicians about going on weight loss medication in addition to changing their food lifestyle habits for healthier fare.

Now there are several options available for weight loss medication. Some of these medications are intended to jumpstart the body’s metabolic levels so that it’s burning calories even when the body is at rest. Other medications suppress the appetite and prevent the body from retaining fat.  

Weight loss medication is not without controversy, however. Some prescription medicines have been known to aggravate problems in patients with previous cardiovascular issues. It is important for you to provide your doctor with any pre-existing medical conditions, especially if pertaining to heart disease. In order to prescribe the right medication for you and to avoid adverse effects, you will need to tell your doctor about any additional OTC or prescription medications that you are currently using.  

Weight loss medication is not for everyone. They are designed for people who cannot lose weight by the traditional means of a healthy diet and moderate exercise. People who take weight loss medication do so because their options for losing weight are limited. With the health risks that are involved, weight loss medication is approved only for individuals with a BMI higher than 30. People with a history of obesity with related health issues are eligible if their their BMI registers higher than 27.

If you wish to lose weight to improve your overall health and you feel that you might be eligible for weight loss medication, you should schedule a consultation with your physician to determine the right choice of medication to suit your needs. If approved to take this medication, your physician will want to monitor your progress as well as track any potential side effects. It is also important to keep a regular dental consulting appointment with your dental practitioner to check for any changes in your oral health due to the addition of the new medication. 

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