Weight Loss Medications & Injections – Are they for you?
Published on: November 3, 2021
Last Updated On: November 3, 2021
Weight Loss Medications & Injections – Are they for you?
If you have tried losing weight, you know that it’s not an easy journey. Losing weight is not crucial only for good looks but also for your overall health.
This especially holds true for people having serious health problems because of obesity, such as heart diseases. If you belong to this category and have tried diet and exercise, but in vain, prescription weight-loss medications and injections may be an option for you.
However, you should know that these medicines are used in addition to and not instead of diet and exercise.
But before moving ahead, let’s understand when one should start losing weight.
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When Should You Try To Lose Weight?
Body mass index (BMI) helps you determine whether you are underweight, healthy, or overweight. It is a value that is calculated by using the weight and height of a person.
As a healthy adult, your BMI should be in the range of 18.5 to 24.9. If it is below 18.5, you will be considered underweight. On the other hand, if your BMI is 25 or above, you are overweight. Moreover, if your BMI is in the range of 30 to 39.9, you will be considered obese, and if it’s ≥40, you will be deemed severely obese. The concept of BMI applies to adults aged 18 to 65 years.
So, if your BMI is 30 or above, you should try to lose weight. However, the concept of BMI may not be applicable for athletes, pregnant women, or muscle builders.
What Is The Injectable Medication For Weight Loss?
Certain injections used to manage diabetes are also approved for losing weight. Ozempic and Saxenda are the most commonly used prescription injections for weight loss in Canada. These injections also help in lowering complications such as stroke and heart attack
You may wonder why diabetes medicines are used for weight loss. Manufacturers of these injections noticed that the medicines also helped in weight loss while managing blood sugar levels. They conducted trials to understand if the same effect applies to people without diabetes.
The same effects occurred in the studies, and the medicines were approved for weight loss.
Is It Safe To Take Injections For Weight Loss?
Like all the medications, the injections for weight loss also have associated side effects. Some are more serious, while most commonly occurring side effects improve after taking medication for a while. Common side effects include:
- Upset stomach
You should immediately contact your physician if you experience any signs or symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, unusual lump or growth in the neck area, persistent hoarseness.
If you experience persistent vomiting or diarrhea, it may cause dehydration. Contact your physician immediately if you experience symptoms of dehydration such as light-headedness, dizziness, dry mouth, or increased thirst.
Moreover, there are precautions associated with the use of these medicines. For instance, the glucagon-like peptide class of medications (injections) should be avoided if you have personal or family history of thyroid cancer or endocrine neoplasia.
These injections should also be avoided if you have or had a history of pancreatitis.
What Is A Skinny Shot?
Skinny shots are also known as lipotropic injections (supplements used for weight loss). They are a combination of B vitamins, lipotropic agents (compounds that help speed up the breakdown of fat metabolism in the body), and amino acids (essential and non-essential amino acids).
Skinny shots aid in the patient’s weight loss by boosting energy and metabolism and increasing fat removal from the body. It is a unique liver formula supporting nutrients, which can help with energy, fat metabolism, and hormone balance.
The mixture activates the liver to improve the metabolic cycle and eliminates fat from the body. It prevents the accumulation of fats in the liver. It also helps in carbohydrates metabolism and suppresses your appetite.
The skinny shot does help in weight loss; however, the best results are experienced when the shots are combined with a proper diet and fitness regime.
Which GLP-1 is Best For Weight Loss?
Among all GLP-1 agonists, only liraglutide is currently approved by Health Canada for weight in non-diabetic patients. While the exact mechanism is not known, doctors do know that these medicines suppress appetite.
They also slow down the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. So, you feel full longer and faster.
Does DPP-4s Cause Weight Loss?
Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are a new class of oral diabetes medications. Januvia (Sitagliptin), Galvus (Vildagliptin), Onglyza (Saxagliptin), or Tradjenta (Linagliptin) are some of the drugs belonging to the DPP-4 class of medications.
The DPP-4 class of medications does not cause weight loss. However, weight loss does happen when used with Metformin in diabetic patients. Clinical studies have reported that the DPP-4 class of drugs does not lead to weight gain, but neither does it cause weight loss. Lastly, FDA has not approved these classes of drugs for weight loss.
Can prescription weight loss medications and injections help?
Prescription weight-loss medicines or injections can be helpful if your BMI is above 30 and you couldn’t lose weight with diet and exercise. They may also be indicated if you are at risk of obesity-related complications such as heart attack and stroke.
However, not all medicines may suit everyone. It is best to consult your doctor before starting any medicines or injections for losing weight.