Are weight loss drugs safe? – Forbes Health


The Gelesis website reports that its hydrogels are “designed to mimic some of the effects of eating raw vegetables,” which begs the question: why not just eat more raw vegetables to fill you up? More vegetables are usually a good idea, but life isn’t always that simple. Some people don’t have access to fresh produce, and others simply don’t have the bandwidth or capacity to change ingrained habits without additional support.

When people are facing significant concerns about their health, their health care providers may determine that these treatments are the best way to reduce their risk of serious health complications. What patients do with this information is up to them.

Everyone has the right to decide, without judgment or recrimination from others, what medical treatment they receive and when to refuse it.

Some people will continue to take these medications for a few months while working on their diet and exercise routines. Others will stay there indefinitely, and many will choose behavior and lifestyle changes without medical support.

Regardless of what you decide, exercise and nutrition are essential parts of any healthy life, and small changes can make a big difference. In fact, research shows that walking at a moderate intensity for 15 minutes a day can increase your lifespan by three years, and that’s just one example.

If you want to learn more about how to build healthy habits beyond these drugs, check out my previous column Hey, Health Coach, How can I stay on track with my goals?

“Hey, Health Coach” is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional psychological or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions regarding your personal circumstances, health, or medical condition.

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