What Medical Approaches Are Available To Treat Obesity?

For many people, lifestyle changes alone are not enough to combat obesity. The good news is that today we have several medications available that, together with lifestyle changes, can help you lose weight and keep it off. Most work on the hormones and peptides that help regulate appetite. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether medication is right for you. Always ask about potential side effects and how to manage them.

Metabolic bariatric surgery is another option if lifestyle changes and medication aren’t enough. During the procedure, the surgeon makes changes in the stomach and intestines that limit the amount of food you can eat and changes how your body absorbs food for energy. The surgery is typically minimally invasive, ie, you’re not cut open, which makes for a faster recovery. You will need to modify your diet for the rest of your life, however. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if surgery is right for you.

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