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The Growing Popularity of Weight Loss Medications
The Growing Popularity of Weight Loss Medications

The popularity of weight loss medications has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, so much so, that there are nationwide shortages of some medications. There are many differing opinions on this subject. Some say it’s the easy way out and some say that it's just what they need to finally shed some unwanted pounds. The fact is, that obesity affects nearly 42% of the adult population in America today.1 Obesity increases the risk of a multitude of health problems. Losing weight and achieving a healthy BMI can reduce the risk of serious health conditions. Countless people who have failed to lose weight despite their best efforts are now turning to weight loss medications for help.

GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) agonists have become the go-to medications for weight loss due to their effectiveness. A few of the most common ones on the market include Semaglutide(Wegovy, Ozempic), Tirzepatide(Mounjaro), and Liraglutide(Saxenda). These medications work by slowing digestion, reducing hunger and cravings, and stimulating the release of insulin, therefore, regulating blood sugars. Another popular type of weight loss medication used is Qysima, which consists of a combination of phentermine and topiramate. Qysima works by reducing appetite and giving you the feeling of fullness.

People are sharing about weight loss medications and their effectiveness all over the media, which has paved the way for others to use these prescription drugs. Although many of these popular medications were created to treat Type 2 diabetes, they are proving to be very effective for weight loss. After years of being obese, many people are finally experiencing a breakthrough. Weight loss can lead to dramatic improvement in several areas of health. Physicians are seeing blood pressure normalized, cholesterol and blood sugar levels returning to a healthier range, and many medications no longer needed. Many patients are able to sleep well and have the energy to live an active lifestyle.

The benefits can be numerous. However, these drugs are not right for everyone. Weight loss medications have the following disadvantages you should consider before starting:

  • Weight regain after discontinuing the medications may occur, whereas bariatric surgery often provides more lasting weight loss.
  • You may experience long or short-term side effects.
  • 50 % of the weight lost is muscle which makes it harder to keep weight off as the metabolism slows down.
  • In many patients the weight balloons after stopping the medication.

Dr. Ahmad and his practice do offer weight loss medications to patients who express a desire for such treatment in specific cases.

If you have consistently tried diet and exercise regimens but have not seen results, talk with your doctor and see if one of these medications might be a good choice for you. Your doctor will determine your BMI, history, and other health conditions to see if you are a good candidate.

Call and schedule a consultation today if you are struggling to lose weight. Weight loss takes a multifaceted approach, one that Dr. Ahmad and his team are passionate and knowledgeable about. Allow Dr. Ahmad and his level of expertise to create a specific treatment plan unique to you!

Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic robotic surgery and has performed over 3,500 laparoscopic robotic surgeries. He is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success. Dr. Ashley Modica joins Long Island Laparoscopic Surgery to perform body contouring surgery for patients after successful weight loss following bariatric surgery.