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In addition, the clinician must ensure that any such problems are relatively stable, quiescent, or well managed before the patient begins a weight-loss program. We recommend that you speak with your doctor about getting this important scan. Prevalence of self-reported clinically diagnosed sleep apnea according to obesity status in men and women: Comparison of the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and Zone diets for weight loss and heart disease risk reduction: Orlistat, a new lipase inhibitor for the management of obesity. As with the management of other chronic medical conditions eg, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, bronchial asthma , long-term success in the management of obesity is contingent on long-standing follow-up with the weight-loss program.
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A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal does. To set a specific goal, the patient must answer the following 6 W questions:.
Also crucial is a clear assessment of the patient's level of motivation regarding the changes in diet, exercise, and behavior required to maintain weight loss. This assessment should be completed before the patient is enrolled in a weight-loss program. Comprehensive, written, informed consent must be obtained and should address details of the expected weight loss and the required changes. Clinical judgment may support a less stringent approach in some situations.
Because of the potential harm of attempting weight loss in an unsuitable candidate, all patients to be enrolled in any surgical, medical, or other weight-loss program should be screened for serious mental illness eg, severe or untreated depression and for eating disorders. Many of the psychological and psychiatric problems commonly associated with obesity are not contraindications to enrollment in a weight-loss program; for example, mild to moderate depression typically improves with weight loss.
Nevertheless, clinicians and patients must be aware of these problems before enrollment. In addition, the clinician must ensure that any such problems are relatively stable, quiescent, or well managed before the patient begins a weight-loss program. In general, body weight and body fat are tenaciously regulated.
This underlies the challenge of weight loss and highlights the importance of setting realistic weight-loss goals. Recognition of this challenge, and of the value of modest weight loss, have led to a paradigm shift in the medical management of obesity from a goal of massive weight loss to one of maintaining the highest weight possible while still eliminating obesity-related comorbidities or reducing them to a minimum.
However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the weight-loss goal for each patient must be individualized and cannot be unilaterally based on standard weight-for-height norms. A study of approximately obese black women, the Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial ORBIT , found evidence that greater weight loss can be achieved with a culturally adapted weight-loss program than with a more general health program.
In ORBIT, the women randomized to a 6-month, culturally adapted program aimed at altering dietary and physical activity patterns followed by 1 year of maintenance intervention lost significantly more weight than did participants in a general program. Despite this success, however, the average weight loss in the culturally adapted program was still relatively modest, and the amount of weight loss varied greatly among the women in the program.
Evidence from the National Weight Control Registry NWCR , which tracks indices and predictors in individuals who have lost at least 30 pounds and have maintained that loss for at least 1 year, suggests that patterns associated with successful weight maintenance include the following:.
According to a study by Blüher et al, patients regaining weight after initial weight loss on long-term dietary intervention nevertheless continued to show long-lasting improvements in high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, adiponectin, fetuin, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, progranulin, and vaspin.
Diet-induced weight loss can result in elevated levels of hormones that increase appetite. After successful weight loss, circulating levels of these hormones do not decrease to levels recorded before diet-induced weight loss.
Thus, long-term strategies are needed to prevent obesity relapse. Contrary to the original belief, however, weight loss after nonsurgical intervention can be maintained long-term.
A study by Hamdy et al showed that patients with diabetes and obesity can maintain an average of 6. In cases of childhood obesity, [ 93 , 94 , 95 ] the goal is not to cause weight loss, but to reduce the rate of weight gain to fit normal growth curves.
The basic principles of management include the following:. Medication therapy may also be used in the management of pediatric obesity, but close monitoring and a combination of all the aforementioned modalities is required to achieve substantial and sustained weight loss.
At the present, orlistat is the only medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration FDA for use as an adjunct for weight loss in adolescents. For full discussion of this topic, see the Medscape Reference article Obesity in Children. Achieving a caloric deficit is still the most important component in achieving sustained weight loss. However, the considerable variance in individual energy expenditures and compliance with calorie-deficient plans make it difficult to reliably predict how much weight an individual will lose.
Therefore, weight loss tends to reduce energy expenditure, dampening the effect of caloric deficits. Because of their lowered energy expenditure, older subjects have increased difficulty in achieving sustained weight loss. The estimated reduction in energy expenditure is kcal per decade after the age of 30 years. Presumably because of their greater lean mass proportions, men tend to lose more weight than women do when caloric deficits are similar.
In addition, some researchers have recommended using correction factors for estimating energy expenditure in obese patients. All subjects underwent resting energy expenditure REE testing with indirect calorimetry and subjects also performed a symptom-limited bicycle cardiopulmonary exercise test to determine maximal achievable METs. Mean REE was 2. During the bicycle test, women performed 4. After the correction factors were applied, MET-peak increased to 6.
Conventional diets can be broadly classified into 2 categories: The latter include the following:. Although these diets are useful for short-term weight loss, none of them alone is associated with reliable, sustained weight loss. The basic premise for people on these diets involves obtaining their detailed dietary inventory and using it to estimate their mean daily caloric intake.
A reasonable goal for the caloric deficit is based on the new goal for total daily calories. Meal plans are then devised to provide this total, divided among 3 or more meals throughout the day. The meals may be based on regular, everyday foods.
In such cases, strategies for effective reduction of portion sizes become central. Alternatively, portion control can be achieved by participation in structured weight loss programs eg, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem or by the purchase of products such as meal-replacement shakes, bars, prepackaged meals, and frozen entrees eg, Slim-Fast, Glucerna, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones.
These have adequate amounts of the major macronutrients based on the food pyramid from the US Department of Agriculture and recommended daily allowances RDAs. These sources also have adequate micronutrients and trace elements. Alcohol, sodas, most fruit juices, and highly concentrated sweets are generally calorie dense and nutrient deficient so-called empty calories.
Consequently, these are generally prohibited or reduced to a minimum. These diets are associated with a mean weight loss of 0. With any low-calorie diet, maintaining an intake of protein with a high biologic value of Low-carbohydrate diets have become popular in the past few decades, with the Atkins diet being the most popular. No robust data about the safety or long-term effectiveness of this diet are available.
The premise of the diet is that caloric intake as protein is less prone to fat storage than is the equivalent caloric intake as carbohydrate; however, no physiologic data support this premise. Data on the long-term effects of a high-protein diet in rodents cause concern. They indicate that these diets may be associated with a reduced life span and a predisposition to neoplasia. In 2 randomized trials, weight loss with Atkins-type diets was compared with conventional low-fat or balanced calorie-deficit diets.
The South Beach diet is another low-carbohydrate diet. This program is more liberal in its carbohydrate allowance than the Atkins diet. In addition, the South Beach diet distinguishes between what are considered to be good and bad carbohydrates on the basis of their glycemic index. Although the relevance and importance of the glycemic index is controversial, the diet encourages increased fiber intake, which is associated with lowered weight even when total caloric intake is relatively unchanged.
Low glycemic index diets are better at helping to maintain weight loss than diets with a higher glycemic index; the same is true of diets with modestly increased protein intake, versus standard protein intake. Persons who decide to use a low-carbohydrate diet should choose heart-healthy sources of fat, including monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and fats rich in omega 3 fatty acids, rather than saturated fat.
Protein sources should be fish, nuts, legumes, and lean poultry rather than pork chops, steak, and mutton. Dansinger and colleagues compared the Zone, Ornish, and Atkins diets to each other and to a typical balanced, calorie-restricted Weight Watchers diet and found them all to have a similar impact on weight.
At 1 year, the researchers observed no significant differences in weight loss among the 4 diets. Compliance and caloric deficits were more important predictors of weight loss and improvement in cardiovascular risk surrogates than was specific dietary composition. A 2-year study found low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets to be equally efficacious in inducing weight loss.
However, the study also found that a low-carbohydrate diet is associated with favorable changes in cardiovascular disease risk factors. Very—low-calorie diets VLCDs are best used in an established, comprehensive program. When used in optimal settings, they can achieve a weight loss of 1. VLCDs are associated with profound initial weight loss, much of which is from loss of lean mass in the first few weeks. However, this loss rapidly ceases, and weight-loss velocity then flattens.
Such rapid weight loss is frequently followed with weight regain due to reduction in basal energy expenditure secondary to the loss of fat free mass. Use special caution whenever VLCDs are prescribed to children, adolescents, or elderly patients. Use of VLCDs is contraindicated in the following settings:. Although VLCDs are associated with notable short-term weight loss and improved blood pressure and glycemic control, they cannot be sustained for longer than months.
Compliance beyond a few weeks is poor, and close supervision is required to avoid mishaps. Among the major complications to monitor are hair loss, skin thinning, hypothermia, cholelithiasis, and electrolyte derangement. Preoperative VLCDs have been postulated to decrease surgical risk by enhancing visualization during laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
In a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial involving morbidly obese patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery, van Nieuwenhove et al reported a significantly lower rate of intraoperative complications among those who had undergone a day VLCD before the procedure. There were, however, no significant differences in operative time or intraoperative complications between the control and VLCD groups. Dennis et al found that in overweight and obese middle-aged and older adults on a hypocaloric diet, drinking water before each main meal aided weight loss.
Water drinking could assist weight loss in overweight children. This is achieved primarily through a water-induced increase in resting energy expenditure. Before prescribing an intensive exercise program, clinicians should screen patients for cardiovascular and respiratory adequacy. Any clinically significant anomalies found require full evaluation by appropriate specialist physicians, and only after these issues have been adequately managed and stabilized should the patient begin an active exercise program.
Aerobic isotonic exercise is of the greatest value for persons who are obese. The ultimate minimum goal should be to achieve minutes of continuous aerobic exercise times per week. Anaerobic isometric exercise, including resistance training, can be cautiously added as an adjunct after the aerobic goal described above is achieved. Resistance training is valuable in minimizing muscle mass loss and is particularly beneficial in patients with diabetes, as it increases glucose uptake by muscles.
Exercise also increases metabolic activity and reduces body fat. Although most patients may be unable to sustain enough regular exercise to achieve weight loss, consistent, moderate exercise is important in maintaining weight and in improving overall cardiorespiratory fitness.
A study by Goodpaster et al showed that patients with severe obesity who introduced exercise concurrently with or after dietary intervention had significant weight loss and modification of cardiometabolic risk factors.
A study by Rejeski et al indicated that community weight-loss and physical activity programs can have a positive impact on mobility in elderly people who are overweight or obese and are in poor cardiovascular health. Behavioral modification for weight loss addresses learned behaviors that contribute to excessive food intake, poor dietary choices or habits, and sedentary activity habits.
Although this approach can yield improved results, it is inherently challenging and time-consuming. A trained professional must then have an in-depth discussion with the patient to develop an individualized plan to change these practices. The effectiveness of this modality depends on a highly motivated patient and a dedicated counselor who is willing to maintain long-term follow-up.
A sufficient amount of sleep favorably impacts the maintenance of fat-free mass during times of decreased energy intake. In contrast, insufficient sleep undermines the body's ability to limit expansion of fat mass. A healthy sleep pattern is therefore important to harness weight loss benefits from other interventions. Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, if present, also helps in weight reduction. Few medications are available for the treatment of obesity.
All are indicated as adjuncts to caloric restriction, increased physical activity, and behavior modification. Response to therapy should be evaluated by week The FDA has issued a consumer alert about over-the-counter weight-loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. Orlistat blocks the action of pancreatic lipase, reducing triglyceride digestion and, thus, absorption.
The drug may reduce absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and beta-carotene, as well as absorption of some medications. Lorcaserin is thought to decrease food consumption and promote satiety by selectively activating 5-HT2C receptors on anorexigenic pro-opiomelanocortin neurons in the hypothalamus.
Required postmarketing studies of lorcaserin will include a long-term trial to assess the risk for major adverse cardiac events. Lorcaserin should be used with caution in patients with heart failure, and it has not been studied in patients with serious valvular heart disease.
Liraglutide is a glucagonlike peptide-1 GLP-1 analog. GLP-1 is a physiological regulator of appetite and calorie intake, and the GLP-1 receptor is present in several areas of the brain involved in appetite regulation.
The dose for obesity differs from that of liraglutide Victoza that is used to treat diabetes. Saxenda is initiated at 0. Approval was based on data from 3 clinical trials that included about obese and overweight patients with and without significant weight-related conditions. Results from a clinical trial that enrolled patients without diabetes or with diabetes showed that patients had an average weight loss of 4. The amount of weight loss appears to be greater with higher baseline weights.
The exact mechanism of this effect is being actively investigated. Although the degree of efficacy is exciting, the propensity for adverse effects, especially CNS effects such as drowsiness, paresthesias, memory loss, and confusion, is cause for concern. In addition, the dose of topiramate in this product 46 mg, although a mg dose form is available for select patients is lower than those used for seizure management usually mg twice daily.
Bupropion increases dopamine activity in the brain, which appears to lead to a reduction in appetite and increase in energy expenditure by increasing activity of POMC neurons. Four agents are available in the United States for short-term weeks treatment of obesity: Several medications that are approved for other indications but that may also promote weight loss have been used off-label for obesity.
These include several antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs. Medications used off-label for obesity include the following:. Methylphenidate - Not approved by the FDA for obesity management, but several anecdotal reports have described it as having variable success for this purpose [ ].
Octreotide - Lustig and colleagues reported the potential utility of octreotide in ameliorating the distinct subclass of hypothalamic obesity [ ].
Metformin does not have an indication for obesity, but it is useful in preventing diabetes and improving insulin resistance in conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome. Its use was associated with weight neutrality or mild weight loss. The first glucagonlike peptide GLP -1 analogue, exenatide Byetta , although not FDA approved for obesity management, has been associated with modest weight loss in subjects with type 2 diabetes.
A similar effect was seen with liraglutide Victoza and long-acting exenatide Bydureon , which also are not approved by the FDA for obesity management. Higher liraglutide doses of 2.
Some of these medications have been used as adjuncts in the medical management of obesity, with variable success. A meta-analysis of antidepressants and body weight found that fluoxetine was associated with some weight loss, although this effect appeared to be limited to the acute phase of treatment. Bupropion is licensed for use as an antidepressant and for use in smoking cessation. It is associated with minimal to moderate weight loss in obese patients.
Ephedrine and caffeine are second-line options in the medical management of obesity. They both act by increasing energy expenditure, but they are associated with the potential for tachycardia, hypertension, and palpitations. These medications are associated with greater weight loss when used in combination than when used alone. Currently, the evidence for the efficacy of these 2 drugs in promoting weight loss is inconclusive. Neither substance has an FDA-approved indication for the treatment of obesity.
The central cannabinoid system has an increasingly recognized role in appetite and feeding disorders. CB1-receptor antagonists showed great potential for weight management in several human trials.
Adverse effects, which were most prevalent at high doses, included dizziness, depression and suicidal ideation, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The drug was rejected by the FDA because of side effects of depression and suicidal ideation; in Europe, it was approved but later recalled. A Japanese study found evidence that beverages containing high amounts of catechin, a flavonoid found in green tea, may aid in preventing obesity. By the 12th week, participants receiving the higher catechin dose had undergone a significantly greater reduction in waist circumference than did patients receiving the lower dose.
The increasing knowledge that has come on the heels of the discovery of leptin by Friedman and colleagues in has spurred a whirlwind of research that has identified several potential pharmaceuticals. However, safety standards for obesity medications are necessarily high. Tolerance for adverse effects is limited; most persons who are obese are fairly healthy in the short term, but the risk for adverse drug effects is enhanced because patients must take antiobesity medications for extended periods possibly for the rest of their lives.
Agents in early phases of investigation that may yet prove useful against obesity include the following:. In addition, various nutraceuticals and herbal products have shown promise. For example, an extract from the African cactus Hoodia gordonii may cause clinically significant appetite suppression.
The diabetes drug pramlintide Symlin , which is a synthetic analogue of the pancreatic hormone amylin, does not have an FDA indication for obesity management. However, this drug is clearly associated with variable weight loss in people with type 1 or 2 diabetes, while improving overall glycemic control. Higher doses mcg before main meals than those approved for the management of type 2 diabetes mcg before main meals have produced modest weight loss in obese or overweight patients with and without diabetes.
Peptide YY is being developed as a nasal inhaler. Ongoing, preliminary phase 1 and 2 trials yielded encouraging results. Leptin is still used in cases of the rare obesity subclass of leptin-deficient obesity and lipodystrophy, but a study of the leptin analogue metreleptin in obese patients with diabetes found that metreleptin did not alter body weight.
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