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Am I a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Medication?

May 31, 2024
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Have you tried diet after diet, only to lose and gain weight over and over again? If so, you may be a good candidate for weight loss medication.

Obesity rates in the United States have shot up from 30% to 42% in the last 20 years. Unfortunately, obesity increases your risk for a variety of severe health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and osteoarthritis. 

You may think that obese people should just go on a diet. But diets don’t work: Research shows that about 95% of them fail

Fortunately, there are innovative weight loss medications such as Semaglutide and Tirzepatide available that can help people who have failed repeatedly to lose weight on diets or with lifestyle changes. If you’ve tried and failed to lose weight repeatedly, you may be a good candidate for weight loss medication. 

Here, board-certified physician Muhammad Zafar, MD, of M. Zafar MD, SC, which serves Illinois statewide by telehealth with offices in Streator and Flanagan, explains how weight loss medications work and who is a good candidate for these effective medications. 

How does weight loss medication work?

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide work by mimicking the function of a hormone in your body called incretin. This hormone targets the area in your brain that regulates appetite. As a result, you feel more full and eat less. Additionally, it slows down how quickly your stomach empties, making you feel full longer. 

These medications also help keep blood sugar levels stable, making them effective for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Who is a good candidate for weight loss medication?

Research shows that medical weight loss medications are very effective. One study found that patients on Semaglutide lost up to 17.4% of their body weight, depending on dose level. Another study showed that depending on the dose level, patients lost up to 22.5% of their body weight on Tirzepatide. 

Is this the right weight loss method for you? It is, if you fall under these categories:

  • A BMI equal to or greater than 30
  • A BMI between 27 and 30 and one or more obesity-related conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Have failed to lose at least 5% of your total body weight through diet and exercise

Additionally, you need to be willing to make diet and lifestyle changes. Weight loss medications such as Tirzepatide and Semaglutide only work in conjunction with a healthy eating and exercise plan. They are not magic medications that melt away pounds. 

If you’re ready to reach your goal weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, contact M. Zafar, MD, SC, to find out if you’re a good candidate for weight loss medication.