Weight Loss


Weight Management

Weight management refers to a complex and multifaceted lifestyle model that takes into account a multitude of daily habits and decisions. Some of these include: learning how to shop for healthier food; understanding portion sizes, nutrient values and macronutrient ratios; maintaining an exercise regimen that works with your schedule; setting reasonable goals, incorporating your interests into your exercise routine and keeping it dynamic enough to prevent burnout; and accessing the wealth of safe, clinically proven prescription weight loss medication that is available through Vertisis. At Vertisis, we are dedicated to providing physicians and health-care professionals integrative resources to aid their patients in maintaining an ideal body weight, as well as providing the same care as they strive to improve other health-related conditions and their overall quality of life.

Background

Obesity and its various comorbidities exert a powerful influence especially in the developed world where in the United States alone, more than one third of all adults are obese. The cost of this condition is heavy both in human and economic terms. Obesity vastly increases each individual's risk of diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and other forms of cardiovascular disease [1]. Clinical studies have demonstrated that a loss of as little as 5-10% of original body weight can result in drops in blood pressure and triglyceride levels as well as a 58% reduction in the risk of diabetes in pre-diabetic individuals [1]. Particularly in the elderly, obesity becomes more prevalent and a more exacerbated condition that is more difficult to control. But it is a mistake to think that obesity is merely a concern of advanced age, Obesity has become an epidemic, afflicting all age groups from childhood, on towards seniority. One study found that obese individuals suffer from a 31% increased incidence of falling and are more likely to be inactive than their non-obese peers [1].

Causes of Obesity

Obesity remains a poorly understood and poorly defined syndrome. There are a multitude of contributing factors ranging from hereditary genetic factors, to epigenetics, hormones to other, yet unknown factors. However, principally, obesity occurs when ingested Calories exceed those Calories utilized in metabolism and exercise. Those excess Calories are retained in the body as fatty tissue, an important reserve both for storing Calories for times of need, but also for cushioning the body and internal organs. However, the condition known as obesity occurs when this retention continues for a length of time, usually due to life choices such as overeating or lack of activity.

Several factors can contribute to becoming obese, which is defined by the Mayo Clinic as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 [2];

  • Inactivity - a sedentary lifestyle makes it easier to put on weight and more likely that you are overeating
  • Unhealthy or excessive eating habits - a habit of consuming high Calorie meals, fast food, sugary beverages, oversized portions as well as late night meals and skipping breakfast all contribute to weight gain
  • Pregnancy - Many women find losing weight after pregnancy difficult while it has also become very easy for women to put on altogether too much weight during pregnancy
  • Not enough sleep - Getting less than seven hours of sleep each night has been demonstrated to increase one's risk of weight gain and therefore obesity
  • Specific medications - Some medications can cause an increase in weight as a side effect. Some of the most common are used to treat: depression, seizures, diabetes, and psychosis. Also some steroids and beta blockers can increase weight in some individuals
  • Medical conditions - Certain medical conditions are known to cause weight gain, including notably: Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing's syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, metabolic syndrome and others

Medications for a Holistic Weight Loss Strategy

Vertisis is able to provide the most potent ‘prescription-only' medical assistance for a holistic weight loss strategy. We use compounding to create customized medicine for each individual for clinical weight management which greatly enhances the effects of a healthy weight loss regimen including well balanced nutrition and regular exercise. All of our sterile injections are customized to exact specifications and handmade in our state of the art facility. For quality assurance, each and every batch of medicine is tested by independent third party laboratories to ensure the highest quality product is received, each and every time. We also offer proprietary, pharmacy grade weight loss supplements and nutritional items. These may complement an existing treatment, or are an excellent option for those who do not qualify for medical weight loss intervention.

Some of the most commonly requested items fall into the following categories:

  • Appetite Suppressants - affect the appetite regulating part of the brain known as the hypothalamus. These typically function by blocking the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine to improve satiation after meals
  • Vitamin B-12 injections - These aid in the growth of new blood cells, nerve cells, and proteins in the body. These are known to assist with the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats as well as help regulate hunger and mood, which are factors in chronic overeating. These drugs can be a great treatment for those who cannot absorb vitamin B-12
  • Methionine Inositol Choline (MIC) Injections otherwise known as “Lipo Injections” - these help to release fat from different areas of the body. Different drugs are known to affect different areas, including body fat as well as fat in the liver

References

  1. [1] Mitchell, Rebecca J., Stephen R. Lord, Lara A. Harvey, and Jacqueline C.t. Close. "Associations between Obesity and Overweight and Fall Risk, Health Status and Quality of Life in Older People." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 38.1 (2014): 13-18. Print.
  2. [2] "Obesity." Obesity Symptoms - Mayo Clinic. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.
  3. [3] Beccuti, G., & Pannain, S. (2011, 07). Sleep and obesity. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 14(4), 402-412. doi:10.1097/mco.0b013e3283479