Medical Weight Loss: The Safe Approach

Weight loss injectable medications are increasing in popularity, making availability scarce and the price out of reach for many who do not qualify through insurance. While weight loss drugs and injectables can be an effective short-term strategy, the long-term success and tolerance for side effects of these medications is still being researched. 

Instead of taking part in a doctor-supervised medical weight loss program that may utilize weight loss injectables like Ozempic and Wegovy, many people have turned to unregulated copycat versions found at compounding pharmacies. Compound pharmacies make medications for people who have certain medication needs or requirements. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compounded drugs are not FDA-approved, meaning they do not verify the safety or effectiveness of them.

Compounded Weight Loss Injectable Risk

The FDA is warning people that the off-brand versions of these popular drugs could be unsafe.  The FDA has received “adverse event reports” after patients used compounded semaglutide. They say that some compounding pharmacies may be selling other formulations of Semaglutide. Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, and is a synthetic version of a hormone known as GLP-1, which the body releases into the intestines when people eat food. The hormone leads to a reduced appetite and slows down stomach emptying, which may contribute to feeling full.

The FDA says people should not use a compounded drug if an approved drug is available.

Benefits of Doctor Supervised Weight Loss

Opting for weight loss injectables through a doctor-supervised medical weight loss program, such as the one at New York Bariatric Group, offers numerous advantages that far outweigh the risks associated with self-administered or unreliable sources.

One of the primary reasons to choose a doctor-supervised medical weight loss program is the assurance of professional guidance and expertise. Unlike over-the-counter products, these programs are led by qualified physicians who specialize in weight management and have extensive knowledge of the human body’s complexities. 

The team at New York Bariatric Group carefully evaluates each patient's:

  • Medical history
  • Current health conditions
  • Individual needs to determine the most suitable treatment plan
  • Metabolic and bloodwork testing prior to starting any program or any weight loss injections

Weight loss injectables provided by a reputable medical weight loss program undergo rigorous testing and adhere to strict quality standards. This significantly reduces the risk of adverse reactions and ensures that patients receive safe and reliable products. By contrast, getting injectables from non-medical sources may expose individuals to potentially harmful substances or impurities.

Rather than relying solely on injectables, New York Bariatric Group incorporates a combination of treatments, including dietary counseling, exercise regimens, and lifestyle modifications. This comprehensive approach addresses the root causes of weight gain and empowers individuals to develop sustainable habits for long-term weight loss success.

"Embarking on a weight loss journey can be daunting, but you are not alone”, says Dr. Nikhilesh Sekhar, one of the leading physicians at New York Bariatric Group. “Our team at New York Bariatric Group is committed to supporting you at every step. Together, we can transform your health and your life. Remember, it's not just about losing weight; it's about gaining wellness, vitality, and a brighter future. Trust us, and trust in your capacity to make positive change. It's time to start your journey to a healthier you!"

New York Bariatric Group Difference

New York Bariatric Group’s doctor-supervised medical weight loss program is committed to patient safety and well-being. Patients benefit from regular monitoring and follow-up appointments. This ongoing supervision allows doctors to make necessary adjustments to a patient’s treatment plan based on their progress and any changes in their health status. It ensures that the weight loss journey is personalized and optimized for each individual, leading to more effective outcomes.

New York Bariatric Group is a leader in long-term weight-loss solutions. It’s bariatric practice is the best around and they have the numbers to prove it:

  • Over 30 surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss.
  • 36,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q-and-A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!

All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the top quality bariatric programs.

Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

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Medical Weight Loss: The Safe Approach


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