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Weight Management

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.

Weight Management

Being overweight or obese is a leading concern in the world, as it adversely increases the risk of developing chronic diseases and health conditions including Ischaemic Heart Disease, raised lipids, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers.

When it comes to losing weight, small steps can make an impact. It is important for you and your doctor to develop a plan that helps ensure that you stay on track to get the most out of your Saxenda® treatment. Together, you should set attainable goals for your weight and health within a realistic time frame. Your plan should include eating healthy and staying active.

Contact us now at +65 6235 1512 or email us at wheelock@fusionmedical.com.sg to find out more about Saxenda®

What is Saxenda®?

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:

  • Obese adults having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more
  • Adults who are overweight (BMI of 27 or more) and a weight-related condition, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes

This drug can also be used in children ages 12 years and older who:

  • Weigh more than 60 kilograms
  • Have obesity based on their age, height, and gender (equal to an adult BMI of 30 or more)

This drug is meant to be part of a long-term weight management plan that includes a reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise.

How does Saxenda® work?

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.

How long does Saxenda® take to be effective? Do I need to be on it permanently?

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.

How much weight can I lose?

While there are studies to show that weight loss of up to 20% is possible, the result will vary with each individual.

Is the weight loss sustainable if I go off Saxenda®?

In a clinical study of people taking Saxenda® for 3 years:

  • 56% achieved significant weight loss at year 1, and
  • Approximately half of these patients maintained weight loss at 3 years when taking Saxenda® added to a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity, compared with people not on the drug

Do note that the result will vary depending on the individual.

What should be considered before using Saxenda®?

Some important things to discuss with your doctor when considering Saxenda® include:

  • Your overall health
  • Any medical conditions you may have
  • Any medications you’re taking

What are the common side effects of Saxenda®?

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 age
  • Other health conditions you have
  • Other medications you take

Your doctor can tell you more about the potential side effects of Saxenda®. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.

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How do you lose weight and keep the weight off?

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.

Why do you gain weight?

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Diet – high in salt and sugar
  • Drinking
  • Menopause
  • Medical conditions eg Diabetes
  • Medication eg medication for thyroid condition and anti-depressants
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*BMI values for Asian population according to MOH guidelines.

About Fusion Medical

Fusion Medical was set up in the year 2015. Our founders, being passionate about offering one-stop quality healthcare services at affordable rates, decided to set up the first Executive Medical Centre in One-North. This centre is equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide convenience to our patients. Diagnostic and imaging equipment include X-Ray, Ultrasound, ECG treadmill, Spirometry, Tonometry, Mammogram, Electrocardiogram, Audiometry Tests and Bone Densitometry.

Why Choose Fusion Medical

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Our female doctors offer a broad range of screening and medical services, personalised just for you. Doctor-patient relationships can last a lifetime, and we believe that it is important to have a doctor who truly understands you. We strive to do the best we can to make you feel comfortable.

Fully Equipped Clinic

We are committed to meeting your specific needs at our clinic. Our clinic is fully equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide one-stop convenience for you.

  • Dr Wenus Ho

    Dr Wenus Ho is a family physician and a designated workplace doctor with more than a decade of clinical experience. She is also currently a postgraduate tutor for the Graduate Diploma of Family Medicine (GDFM) Training Program in the Yong Yoo Lin

    Qualifications

    • MBChB (Edinburgh)
    • Postgraduate diploma of dermatology with distinction, The University of London.
    • Postgraduate diploma from the Royal College of Physician, UK (MRCP UK)
    • Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal college of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK
    • Graduate diploma of family medicine, National university of Singapore
    • Graduate diploma of occupational medicine, National University of Singapore.
    • Diploma of aesthetic medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of competencies in dermal fillers, ablative laser, intense pulse light and chemical peels
    • Certificate of Korean Thread Lifting, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
  • Dr Juliana Latif

    After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She also has completed her diploma in Occupational Medicine.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kings’ College London, UK
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Graduate Diploma of Occupational Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Master of Science in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
    • Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, American Board of Anti-aging & Regenerative medicine
    • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Korean Thread Lifting Master Course, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate in competence in Skin Rejuvenation (Fractional Lasers), Chemical peels, Filler injection, Botulinum toxin injection, Laser for treating skin pigmentation and Assisted lasers or intense pulsed light for hair removal awarded by the Aesthetic Dermatology Educational Group, Singapore
    • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
  • Dr Yong Lok Sze

    Dr Yong graduated from University College London, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery with distinction in medical sciences. She has more than 10 years of experience as a general practitioner, and was accredited as family physician by

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University College London UK
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University Singapore
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology with distinction, Cardiff University UK
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