The Facts on Phentermine (and Much, Much More)
With nearly 40% of all adults in the world having a BMI (body mass index) of 30.0 or higher, the medical community has declared obesity a global pandemic.
With nearly 40% of all adults in the world having a BMI (body mass index) of 30.0 or higher, the medical community has declared obesity a global pandemic. It isn’t just our society that promotes an unhealthy lifestyle, it’s worldwide. The problem globally, in the U.S., and personally is that excess weight stresses us physically, psychologically, and economically.
Despite all the knowledge of our scientific age, there is no magic pill or potion to make us lose weight. The biggest factor is in effecting a behavior change. Most of us have to break lifelong, deeply entrenched habits, and then we need to be vigilant in maintaining new, healthier behaviors. However, our scientific knowledge is the reason we use medications as one of the tools in a comprehensive approach at Kitsap Medical Weight Loss.
Researchers have found that people with overweight/obesity may have suffered damage to the appetite signaling system in their brain, making it difficult to battle cravings, get satisfaction from appropriate amounts of food, or to know when they are full. To further complicate the situation, when you start to lose weight your body ramps up the production of the hormone that makes you hungry. This isn’t just a matter of willpower, it’s a problem with a damaged signaling system. You are not “weak-willed;” you have a disease.
There are medications that can help to rebalance this complex system.* Phentermine is the one most well known because it’s been around the longest, but not always the right choice for any specific patient. We also use topiramate, phendimetrazine and diethylpropion for weight loss, and metformin for insulin resistance (AKA: pre-diabetes). As with all medications, understanding the proper use, and knowing who is an appropriate candidate for using it is critical. These medications are prescribed to people whose excess weight is posing health concerns. Weight-loss medications aren’t given in place of nutrition and exercise recommendations; rather they complement these proven strategies.
Many people on weight-loss medications have no side effects, or the ones they do experience are minimal.* The benefit of losing weight almost always has a greater effect on your health than the side effects. As with any medication, proper monitoring by a physician is important, and with patient feedback the doctor is able to fit the right medication and dosage to each person’s weight loss journey.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.
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