Weight Management Clinic

Weight Management Clinic

Weight Management Clinic

If you're living with weight issues, our practitioners can offer you help and advice on how to manage your condition. It is important that our team assess your weight and BMI and understand your general health and what you may have previously done to address your issue.

Our main focus is on improving your lifestyle helping you to lose and manage your weight safely and effectively, which in some cases may simply be by eating a healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activity, which may require the input of a dietician.

For those who have tried the above without success our doctors may recommend the use of an anti-obesity medication, however there are certain restrictions on the use of some medications based on your BMI and any underlying health conditions.

We are committed to exceptional patient centred care at a time that suits you. We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments for your convenience.

There are several medications which your GP may consider, and these are listed below.

Saxenda® – is a daily self-injectable weight loss aid pen, which is prescribed for weight loss. It contains the active ingredient Liraglutide, which is very similar to a naturally occurring hormone in your body called GLP-1. The injection works by making you feel less hungry, slowing down the emptying of your stomach and making you feel ‘fuller’ for longer. You will require to meet with your practitioner at least every 12 weeks to assess the effectiveness of this treatment and whether or not to continue with it.

Orlistat® – Orlistat® is a prescription only medication which works by preventing around a third of the fat from the food you eat being absorbed. The undigested fat is not absorbed into your body and is passed out with your poo. This will help you avoid gaining weight, and may help you to lose weight in the longer term. It is recommended that this medication is only taken for a maximum of 3 months.

There are several other medications that may be used to assist with weight loss and dieting, which again are prescription medications, and your practitioner will discuss all options with you to provide the safest and most appropriate treatment.

If you have ongoing issues with weight management or if you suspect food intolerances, consider our food intolerance test in Glasgow. For joint-related concerns, we also offer Joint Injection services in Glasgow. Please contact our clinic and speak to one of our staff members for guidance and to schedule an appointment.

In order to qualify for treatment using weight loss medication you must have a BMI > 28 and you must be 18 years of age or above.

In terms of weight, our clinic has equipment limitations that would prevent us for seeing patient with a weight of greater tan 190Kg (30 Stones).

Due to the type of medication used in weight loss programmes people with the following conditions may not be suitable:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Diabetes
  • High risk of cardiovascular disease, e.g., heart attacks or strokes

Your practitioner will take a full medical history, perform some key observations / measurement and may require completing a physical examination of you prior to proceeding with treatment.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy.

The BMI calculation divides an adult’s weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared. For example, A BMI of 25 means 25kg/m2.

The three main categories are defined as follows:

  • Normal weight – BMI greater than or equal to 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2.
  • Overweight – BMI greater than or equal to 25 to 29.9 kg/m2.
  • Obese – BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2.

BMI takes into account natural variations in body shape, giving a healthy weight range for a particular height.

As well as measuring your BMI, healthcare professionals may take other factors into account when assessing if you’re a healthy weight.

Muscle is much denser than fat, so very muscular people, such as heavyweight boxers, weight trainers and athletes, may be a healthy weight even though their BMI is classed as obese.

Your ethnic group can also affect your risk of some health conditions. For example, adults of South Asian origin may have a higher risk of some health problems, such as diabetes, with a BMI of 23, which is usually considered healthy.

You should not use BMI as a measure if you’re pregnant. Get advice from your midwife or GP if you’re concerned about your weight.

The most common side-effects of Orlistat are caused by the fat which you pass in your stools (faeces). You may have:

  • Fatty smelly stools
  • Urgency to get to the toilet
  • Oily spotting on your underwear

These side-effects are less likely if you eat a low-fat diet. They tend to settle with time. Other side-effects are rare. You practitioner will discuss this in full with you.

In the case of Saxenda® the know side effects are as follows although these tend to be uncommon:

  • Increased pulse rate.
  • Feeling generally unwell.
  • Dehydration – this is likely to be a side effect of the common side effects of vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • An inflamed gall bladder.
  • A delay in the emptying the stomach.

These side-effects tend to resolve themselves relatively quickly and other side-effects are very rare. You practitioner will discuss this in full with you.

If any of these symptoms for either medication persist or cause concern you should contact the clinic.

You must inform your practitioner about any medical conditions you have and any medication you are taking before starting weight loss treatment and during the program if there are changes in you heath or medication that you are taking you should inform your practitioner as soon as practically possible.

Orlistat and Saxenda® are designed to be used as part of a long-term weight management plan that includes a reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise. You shouldn’t use either medication with other weight loss products, including other prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal preparations.

On an individual basis your practitioner will review you medication and advise if your are suitable for treatment and where require they may advise on changes to medication in the are contraindicated.

Both Saxenda® and Orlistat are proven, safe and effective weight loss treatments. When considering either treatment, your practitioner will conduct a thorough assessment with you to determine your suitability for either treatment. For example, you will be asked about your medical history and in particular about current and recent uses of other medicines including other weight loss medicines you may have tried.

Lifestyle factors should also be considered, such as the ability to inject daily at the same time (Saxenda®) or the likelihood of having three low-fat meals a day when taking an Orlistat tablet.

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Our focus is on patient care and safety which is paramount. We have invested in a brand-new facility, state of the art equipment and in recruiting qualified and highly trained specialist staff.

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Like most other things in life, costs for healthcare seem to be continually increasing. In a time where accessing GP services is becoming ever more difficult many people are looking for cost effective private healthcare.

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