Maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenging task for many people. Indeed, 2 in 3 Australian adults, and 1 in 4 Australian kids, are considered overweight or obese.
Factors such as diet, activity, work, genetics, stress (and more) can all contribute to difficulties in keeping your weight in a healthy range. Excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of excess weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions. In addition, being overweight can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic conditions.
At Turn The Corner, we undertake a comprehensive assessment of the entire patient, then take our time discussing information about all of the management options. Healthy weight management often involves a multidisciplinary approach, and our doctors will be able to direct you to the appropriate services as needed.
If appropriate, our doctors might recommend Liraglutide, which is a relatively new TGA-approved drug that can assist with weight loss. Liraglutide is a self-injectable medication that is similar to the human hormone which regulates hunger. It works by helping to suppress your appetite. It can be prescribed to people with a body mass index greater than 30, or people with a BMI of 27–29 with weight-related conditions, such as prediabetes, type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or sleep apnoea. Liraglutide when used for weight loss purposes is available only by private prescription.
Please visit our Appointments page to book a time for your healthy weight management consultation with one of the best doctors of Northcote.