woman-stretchingAs many of our readers have probably already seen, a recent wave of new weight loss medications has taken the country by storm. And as the demand for these new solutions to extremely common weight loss issues has skyrocketed, the supply has struggled to keep up. With this in mind, we are happy to report that Family Practice Center will have these medications (as they become available), as well as first-rate weight management services to help patients make the most of their experience.

Our selection of prescription weight loss medications includes Mounjaro®, Zepbound™, Wegovy®, and Ozempic®. Mounjaro®, Zepbound™, Wegovy® are specifically intended for weight loss, while Mounjaro® and Ozempic® can also assist patients with diabetes. While there are subtle differences between them, these medicines have proven effective at helping patients lose weight by reducing general appetite by delaying stomach emptying and mimicking the satiety hormone to prevent overeating.

When combined with healthy eating and a regular exercise regimen, these medications can provide outstanding weight loss results. Mounjaro® and Zepbound™ can produce a result of up to 20% weight loss after one year. This figure is 15% for Wegovy® and Ozympic®. A recent study of 17,500 people showed that there was a 20% reduction in heart attacks and strokes in the treated group after 5 years. Losing 1-2 pounds per week is normal, and maintenance is available for patients who wish to take these medications on a long-term basis, which is safe and effective. However, these results can vary depending on a range of factors including which medicine you take, your anatomy, lifestyle habits, and more. Our services are specifically tailored to each patient’s unique situation and goals. When combined with healthy eating and a regular exercise regimen, these medications can provide outstanding weight loss results. This is why we also spend time with our patients to help them with weight maintenance.

We have offered our weight management services for quite some time and they extend far beyond just providing these medications for patients. Our expert providers treat weight management as a form of preventive medicine and take a full body approach to helping our patients make healthier, sustainable lifestyle adjustments that last. This includes nutritional counseling, meal planning, exercise and physical activity planning, and more. We counsel patients on how to get enough protein to maintain muscle so that their weight loss is mainly fat. Our services are specifically tailored to each patient’s unique situation and goals.

In some instances, samples of these medications may be available in our office, but supplies may vary. And although it is not a guarantee that our weight loss medications will be covered by your insurance provider, our providers work hard with insurance companies to find coverage opportunities for our patients.

We often stress the importance of full body wellness, and believe that these medications can be incredibly beneficial for many patients who need assistance managing their weight. If you would like to learn more, contact Family Practice Center to schedule a weight loss consultation appointment at one of our six Atlanta area locations (Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Smyrna, and our newest location in Buckhead). Stay up to date on our blog posts for more health and wellness tips, news, and much more.

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