Treatment for weight gain
Treating obesity is an important step for many Americans to live healthier lives, and to reduce other complications. Just by losing 5-10% of your body weight, you may be able to significantly reduce the risk of other disorders and diseases. Losing weight is not just about looking better . . . it is about making real changes to your life that may lengthen how long you live, and improve the quality of your life
Treatment options for weight gain are strongly dependent on a commitment to weight loss. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, but acting upon these lifestyle changes is really up to you. In other situations, your doctor may determine that other treatment options are necessary, or preferable. Examples of treatment options may include a combination both lifestyle and medical therapies.
Medication may be prescribed if the underlying reason for obesity is due to another medical condition. For example, doctors may prescribe drugs for psychological issues, or in the case of hypothyroidism. In addition, some drugs used to treat other conditions, such as seizures (topiramate and zonisamide), and diabetes (Metformin), have been shown to reduce weight loss. Medication is also prescribed for some of the following reasons:
Curb appetite – Medications such as Sibutramine may be prescribed to curb appetite.
Reduce calories – Some medications such as Orlistat can help reduce the amounts of calories and fats absorbed by your body. Over-the-counter medications might also help reduce the amount of calories and fat that your body absorbs.
Supplements - There are many supplements that are touted as having weight-loss capabilities, including ephedra (also known as ma-huang), diuretics, and more. Over-the-counter supplements should be carefully evaluated with your doctor, as some types have been known to increase the blood pressure and puts stress on the heart. Other over-the-counter weight supplements may not have solid, clinically-proven results indicating effective weight loss. Again, carefully evaluate any over-the-counter supplements with the supervision of your doctor.
Surgery may be an option for obese persons who cannot find other effective methods, or for those with life-threatening complications. Surgery options include procedures called banded gastroplasty or gastric bypass.
Banded gastroplasty - Banded gastroplasty involves using a band or other device to limit the amount of food that your stomach can hold.
Gastric bypass - Gastric bypass limits food intake by creating a small stomach area that bypasses an area of your small intestine, which is where most calories are absorbed. As any surgery carries risks and side effects, you will need to carefully explore these options with your doctor to determine how they will impact you.