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3 Rules for Safely Eating Out – Med Min #42

3 Rules for Safely Eating Out Hi, I am Dr. Craig Primack from Scottsdale Weight Loss. Today's medical minute is about eating out in restaurants, specifically the 3 rules for safely eating out in restaurants. As the pandemic is hopefully coming to an end or towards the time where we can get out and be a little social again, many of us are starting to eat in restaurants.¬† Especially here in Arizona. I have three tips that will help you make the best choices for eating out. Consider Staying Home for Safe Eating First things first, it is always going to be…

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New Amazing Weight Loss Drugs are Coming!

New Amazing Weight Loss Drugs are Coming Hi, I'm Dr. Craig Primack from Scottsdale Weight Loss Center. Today, I'm going to talk to you about some new, amazing weight loss drugs that are coming. Semaglutide The first one we talked about a little bit a few weeks ago called semaglutide. Semaglutide is currently available at 1 mg for the treatment of diabetes, but a recent study came out from the New England Journal of Medicine showing that at 2.4 milligrams it is quite a robust drug. Semaglutide is a type of hormone called GLP-1. GLP-1 we already have, all of us.…

Doctor Primack’s Two Important Weight Loss Tips

Two Important Weight Loss Tips Hi, it's Dr. Craig Primack from Scottsdale Weight Loss, bringing you medical minute number 24. Today I wanted to do something just a little different. I wanted to do a random piece of information. I'm calling my two important weight loss tips. They're not the most important, but I think following both of these, you will get a long way towards the second level. Not just the weight loss, but the keeping it off. No News The first is no news. And I don't mean no news as in you shouldn't get information of the world…

A Review of the Popular Weight Loss Medications- Medical Minute #21

A Review of the Weight Loss Medications Hi, I'm Dr. Craig Primack from Scottsdale Weight Loss Center. Today for Medical Minute, Number 21, I'm going to spend a few minutes talking about the different weight loss drugs we use, why we use them and a few tips about each. Phentermine The first weight loss drug that we use is called Phentermine. Phentermine has been out since 1959. It's really stood the test of time. Phentermine has two benefits. Number one, it's great for taking appetite away. It works on a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. It's the appetite…

Is Obesity a Disease? Medical Minutes Episode 18

Is Obesity a Disease? Hi, I'm Dr. Craig Primack. Today, my job is to answer the question is obesity a disease? When I first started treating weight, it wasn't a common belief that obesity was a disease and the people who are not believers simply say, "Well, you should just eat less and move more to lose weight." And my simple answer to that is number one, people who struggle with weight are trying to lose weight. The studies will say at least twice per year people are trying to, and they're being ineffective. So if that recommendation worked, and that…

Saxenda, GLP-1 drug for Weight Management – Medical Minutes # 15

Hi and welcome to another Medical Minute. Today, I'm going back to talk about anti-obesity medications or weight loss drugs. Saxenda The one I have the pleasure of talking about today is called Saxenda, a GLP-1 drug for chronic weight management. Saxenda came out in 2015 and has been a really good drug for the patients that I've prescribed it for since then. It is Saxenda, a GLP-1 drug for Chronic Weight Management¬† and a unique one. It is patterned after a hormone that you and I already have called GLP-1. GLP-1, we have from our small intestine, a part called the ilium. In…

Combining Medications: Phentermine & Topiramate – Medical Minutes Episode 12

Welcome to another medical minute. This week, I'm going to talk about the combination of anti-obesity medications. The combination of drugs is used every day in medicine. We use it in infection control with antibiotics. We use it in hypertension, where sometimes you may use three and even four medications to control someone's blood pressure. We use it in cholesterol, again all the time. We actually have used it in weight management since at least 2012. The two medicines I'm going to talk about today, the first is Phentermine. Phentermine is a very commonly used weight loss medication. It's been out since…

Should I Take a Weight Loss Med? Medical Minutes Episode 10

Welcome to another Medical Minute. Today I have a very simple, or maybe not so simple, question and it's, Should I take a weight loss medication? What we also call an anti-obesity medication. And I think there's two criteria that first have to be met to consider taking any weight loss medication. The first is, that you've struggled in the past, either losing weight or keeping weight off. And the second is by the FDA is, do you have certain criteria? And the first criteria is that your body mass index is 30 or greater. And the second, if you're not over 30, is that…

Are You an All or None Dieter? Medical Minutes Episode 9

Welcome to Another Medical Minute. Today's topic is about all or none dieting Unfortunately, all or none dieting, it's very, very common in the patients that I see in my clinic. To describe what all or none dieting is, if you are all on the dieting side, it's you begin a new plan, you say, "I'm going to do it right this time. I'm not going to eat this food and that food", and you set up very strict rules about staying on course for your diet. Unfortunately, occasionally, for one reason or another, we do break those rules. We eat the food…

How to Measure Body Fat– Medical Minutes Episode 6

  Welcome to another Medical Minutes. Today, I'm going to spend a few minutes talking about how to measure body fat during a weight loss program. There are several ways that are commonly used to measure body fat in a medical clinic. There's one way called body impedance that's very standardized and reproducible and easily done. You can even measure body fat on some home scales. It's just often a little less accurate or a little less precise. The methodology used by most weight loss physicians, as well as in our clinic, is called body impedance. In body impedance, you stand…
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