The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines obesity based on Body Mass Index (BMI). The definition of obesity among Singaporeans and Caucasians is BMI =27.5 and BMI =30 respectively.
The Saxenda® pen is a weight management drug, Liraglutide, which has been approved by both FDA in the United States and the Health Sciences Authority in Singapore.
It is prescribed as an injectable drug used to help in weight loss in:
This drug can also be used in children ages 12 years and older who:
This drug is meant to be part of a long-term weight management plan that includes a reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise.
Saxenda® can help to reduce weight by enhancing the way your body regulates appetite. Your body produces a number of appetite regulators, one of which is called GLP-1. Saxenda® works like GLP-1 by binding to and activating GLP-1 receptors, to decrease feelings of hunger while increasing feelings of fullness. It empties your stomach at a slower rate, which helps you feel fuller after eating to reduce your appetite.
It may take about 2 weeks before you start losing weight with Saxenda®. You can go off medication after you have achieved your ideal weight or 12 weeks of medication, whichever comes earlier.
While there are studies to show that weight loss of up to 20% is possible, the result will vary with each individual.
In a clinical study of people taking Saxenda® for 3 years:
Do note that the result will vary depending on the individual.
Some important things to discuss with your doctor when considering Saxenda® include:
As with all medications, Saxenda® may cause side effects, although not everyone will get them. The most common side effects of Saxenda® are nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, and vomiting. These usually go away after a few days or weeks.
Keep in mind that side effects of a drug can depend on:
Your doctor can tell you more about the potential side effects of Saxenda®. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.
In many cases, losing weight boils down to exercise and diet management. Some people who have successfully lost weight end up regaining it later. You may wonder why it is so hard to maintain weight loss.
One of the reasons is because changes in your appetite hormone levels make it difficult to lose weight and keep it off. When you lose weight, your body’s natural response includes an increase in a key hunger hormone known as ghrelin and a decrease in fullness hormones, undermining your ability to lose weight and keep it off.
Also, your body goes into an energy saving mode and burns fewer calories. This can slowly lead to the lost weight being regained.
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