Medical treatment for obesity

Medical treatment for obesity

25th January 2022

Weight loss treatments at Brent Pharmacy

At Brent Pharmacy we provide a secure and discreet service at very competitive online prices for the treatment of weight loss.

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An overview of treatment options

If you are obese, you must speak to your GP for advice about losing weight safely. They will advise you about treating obesity by eating a healthy, balanced diet as well as regular physical activity and lifestyle changes.

Obesity-related eating disorders may also need to be treated by a therapist and may need medicine like an anti obesity pill. Your GP will figure out the best treatment for you, based on factors like your age, overall health, physical abilities, medical history and your past efforts to lose weight.

There may be underlying medical conditions associated with obesity, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or sleep apnoea. If so, your GP may recommend further tests or specific treatment, and in some cases, they may refer you to a specialist.

They can also let you know about other useful weight management services, such as local weight loss groups provided by your local authority, the NHS, or commercial services you may have to pay for. There is also exercise available on prescription which is where you are referred to a local active health team for a few sessions under the supervision of a qualified trainer.

What medicine could be recommended for obesity?

When combined with regular exercise and healthy diet plan, Orlistat weight loss pill can increase your chances of getting to a healthy weight in a safe and effective way, and aid treating obesity.

Orlistat will generally only be recommended if you have made a significant effort to lose weight through diet, exercise or changing your lifestyle, but are still gaining weight. You can only use Orlistat if a doctor or pharmacist thinks it's the right medicine for you.

Even then, Orlistat is only prescribed if you have either a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or more, and other weight-related conditions such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes or are considered obese with a BMI of 30 or more.

Before prescribing Orlistat, your doctor will discuss the benefits and potential limitations with you, including any side effects. Follow your doctor's advice about how to take it, and the instructions that come with your medicine.

A dose of Orlistat should be taken 3 times a day, over 12 weeks, during which time you should aim to lose about 5% of your weight. However, the speed and quality of its effects depend on aspects of your lifestyle.

How we can help at Brent Pharmacy

Buy weight loss medicines online discreet to your door from Brent Online Pharmacy. To buy Orlistat, simply fill out the online consultation. If the treatment is suitable, medications will be posted to you.

How does Orlistat work?

Orlistat works in a unique way by helping enzymes in your digestive system, called lipases, which block about one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested. When taken with meals, Orlistat attaches to the lipases and blocks them from breaking down some of the fat you have eaten, so undigested fat is not absorbed into your body and is passed out with your stools. It does not work by reducing appetite.

Orlistat has proved in clinical trials to help you lose up to 50% more weight than with dieting alone.

While Orlistat does help reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs, it is only effective if you make complementary lifestyle changes. These include increased exercise, eating a balanced diet, reducing alcohol consumption and other behavioural changes including your personal commitment and motivation to losing weight.

Other medical treatment for obesity

Gastric bypass and other weight loss surgery are known collectively as bariatric surgery and involve making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Bariatric surgery is done when diet, exercise and medicine haven't worked because there is still weight gain, or when you have serious health problems because of your weight. Some procedures limit how much you can eat, other procedures work by reducing the body's ability to absorb nutrients and some procedures do both.

While bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, all forms of weight-loss surgery are major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Also, you must continue to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success.

Lifestyle and behaviour changes

Lifestyle modification is crucial to the success of any weight-loss management plan; exercise, moderating calorie intake in conjunction with eating a balanced diet, reducing alcohol consumption and amounts of food consumed, and other behavioural changes including personal commitment and motivation

The key to exercise and weight loss is to be physically active daily and consistently, but please consider any health-related or physical limitations. Keep in mind there are no short term solutions, dedication is key.

Over the long term, most obese adults who lose weight may regain it if they don't focus on behaviour changes and change their approach to healthy eating. One way to change behaviour is to keep a food journal to keep track of what you eat, where you ate it, and when you got hungry after. You can also keep an activity journal, tracking when you exercised and for how long.

These journals can help you figure out eating and activity habits, so you can then determine what to change in a clear plan, then personally commitment to your plan, which will result in a change of lifestyle, and an improvement in health conditions.