Have you noticed that it is becoming more difficult to lose weight as you age? Did you hit 40 and suddenly have fat where you’ve never had it before? Whether you have those last 10 stubborn pounds or a significant amount to lose, we have an option for you.
At Loop, we offer both oral and injectable GLP-1 weight-loss medication. Our protocols are customized to you and based on the most recent best practices in medical weight loss management.
Schedule a consultation to learn more about how Loop can help you achieve your weight loss and health goals.
How does GLP-1 agonist help with weight loss? GLP-1 stands for Glucagon-like Peptide -
1. It's a type of hormone called "incretins". These hormones have huge control over how the body digests food.
When you eat food, the carbohydrate component breaks down into glucose. That glucose has to be transported around the body to be used for fuel. This process requires insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. It has 2 functions. It makes it possible for the glucose to be pushed into cells, or stored as fat if there is too much left over. Over time, and with increased body weight, your hard-working pancreas has a harder time dealing with glucose. It starts to struggle and becomes less efficient.
There are no manufacturer rules for dosing for weight loss. All dosing has been for diabetics and diabetic dosing is not relevant to weight loss. (pt question: so and so said I should go up every 4 weeks. Us: So and so's provider is basing that on diabetic guidelines, not weight loss guidelines). Moving up every 4 weeks automatically will usually cost you valuable weight loss progress in the long run due to side effects. Also, your body will adjust to the medication too quickly and you will lose out on benefit over time.
For people who might be sensitive to side effects, and who live nearby, we can divide the shot into 2 doses given on:
The 2nd shot appt of the week will be very fast. No weigh in, just get the shot and go.
Indigestion: Smaller meals. Be aware of food triggers such as fatty/fried/dairy
Constipation: Daily probiotic (we carry a great one), prunes, coffee, increase water and fiber, miralax, Smooth Move tea by Traditional Medicinals, Fleets enema, Dr. Schulze's Easy Go.
Once people are in a maintenance dose, we can consider dispensing the injections to do at home. (Gives people hope that they won't have to come in weekly for ages)
Notes for the future in case we ever add on Mounjaro:
Mounjaro is a similar medication, but in addition to the GLP-1, it has an additional hormone called GIP. GIP is a sister molecule to GLP-1 but it's even more effective and helping the body produce insulin and reducing insulin resistance which is why it has better overall results than single molecular drugs.