Medical Weight Loss

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Medical Weight Loss

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Medical Weight Loss Offers Various Different Approaches

Goetz with CaptionObesity is a far reaching problem in the US.  In fact, two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese.  Any doctor will tell you that for most people, good old fashioned diet and exercise are the answer.  Eat right and stay active to get the pounds off and keep them off.  But, for many, it’s not as simple as that.  Some may need that extra edge, or even an initial push to get the weight loss going, to see results and then push on with a healthier lifestyle. That is when medical weight loss may be most beneficial. 

Furthermore, there are those for whom obesity has become a dangerous health issue.  In particular, someone with a mass body index of 30 or above, or 27 or above and also suffering from obesity related health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure, may benefit from the rapid weight loss some medical weight loss programs provide.  For these, and other reasons, it may be beneficial to look to advances in medically assisted weight loss.  Doctor’s today have a number of tools that can help to initiate and promote weight loss.

A nutritional counseling consultation will include a health screening and medical history to determine overall health, mental state and to find the best approach for your particular circumstances.  Your doctor will measure your height and weight as well as vitals such as blood pressure and heart rate.  Additionally, examination of lungs, hormone levels and thyroid function may be called for.  Any family history of heart disease should be followed up by an EKG exam.  All of this is done to ensure that the program selected will be safe as well as effective.

Among the most popular types of medical weight loss options are appetite suppressant medications. These medications work by tricking the body into believing that it is not hungry.  They increase levels of serotonin and catecholamine in the brain.  These two chemicals affect mood and appetite.  Most appetite suppressants are meant for short term use.  Some factors that need to be considered when using appetite suppressant medication are addiction, tolerance and side affects.  The majority of appetite suppressants are controlled substances and your doctor will monitor their use closely.  Most patients will experience a tapering off of weight loss after several months of using an appetite suppressant.  It is believed that the body develops a tolerance to the medicine’s affect after this time.  Side affects associated with appetite suppressants can be considered mild to unpleasant and usually subside with continued use.

A fairly new advance in medical weight loss is the use of lipotropic injections.  These injections work by increasing metabolism and energy levels.  Lipo injections contain a combination of B12 and B6 vitamins as well a number of amino acids and nutrients including:  Methionine which reduces fat and lowers cholesterol;  Choline which reduces fat in the liver;  Inositol which metabolizes and transfers fat in the blood stream;  Betain, an amino acid derivative that helps restores energy.  The lipotropic injection is administered into the muscle in specific areas of the body.  In addition to metabolic and energy effects, lipotropic injections break down fat cells and carry them to the muscles for use as fuel.

Another type of injection, HGC, has been known to produce rapid, long lasting weight loss in patients.  HGC, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone found in pregnant women.  It works to promote weight loss by suppressing hunger and triggering the use of fat in the body as fuel.

Finally there is CVR, or Creative Visual Relaxation, a type of hypnosis that works on changing eating habits and one’s approach to food and physical activity.  Although administered by a doctor in a medical facility, many are drawn to CVR’s noninvasive and drug free approach.

These medically assisted weight loss programs will have varying degrees of success for different patients, but your doctor will ensure that you choose the right one for your particular needs and circumstances.  The important thing is to get started and seek a doctor’s help.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.