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Learn about your different options for obesity care and take back control of your life.

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Medication and Weight Control for Obesity

Medication can help to regulate your natural hormonal system. The aim of these medicines is to balance the appetite and allow weight to be reduced and maintained.
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1) Referenzen: Jensen MD et al. Circulation 2014; 129:S102–38


Combined with diet and exercise, taking medication can lead to weight loss of 8% to 16%.1

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Medicines go through an approval process and are regularly tested for safety and efficacy in clinical trials.

Medication and Weight Control for Obesity

By regulating the body's biological response to weight loss, such as permanent feelings of hunger, obesity medications can also help to prevent weight being regained. They can help you eat less or change your lifestyle. Orlistat and Liraglutide are substances that are used for the long-term treatment of obesity in Germany.

Orlistat - is used in conjunction with a reduction diet. Without curbing the appetite, it reduces the absorption of fat and therefore the energy intake from the intestine by inhibiting fat-digesting enzymes.

Liraglutide - a drug that reduces feelings of hunger by sending stronger messages to the brain to tell it that you're full.

Medication prescribed by a doctor should always be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and increased exercise. Talk to an advisor about your options in terms of medication.

Digital Prescriptions for Health Apps

When it comes to obesity, one option includes the following recognised and prescribable digital health apps (DiGAs): zanadio and Selfapy

  • Medical product and listed in the DiGA directory of the BfArM
  • 100% reimbursable by statutory health insurance
  • Complies with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Digital Health Applications Regulation (DiGAV)
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For bariatric surgery to be effective in the long term, a change in lifestyle is essential. A controlled diet and increased exercise are the foundations of this.

Do you have a high BMI and none of the forms of treatment you've tried have had the desired result? Surgical interventions can be considered in the case of significant overweight if conservative therapy has not led to the desired result.

Surgical Options

Surgical interventions may be considered in cases of significant obesity, where more traditional forms of treatment have not had the desired effect.
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Surgical options

Surgical interventions may be considered in cases of significant obesity, where more traditional forms of treatment have not had the desired effect.

  • Stomach reduction: The surgeon removes two-thirds of the stomach, which is intended to let patients feel full quicker and have a reduced appetite.
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: this is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. The surgeon reduces the size of the stomach and the remaining stomach is connected to the intestine, effectively bypassing the upper small intestine. This is the most commonly performed technique for cases of obesity.
  • Mini Bypass/Omega Loop: just like with the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the size of the stomach is reduced. The main difference to the gastric bypass is the size of the remaining stomach and the connection of the long intestine to the stomach.
  • Adjustable gastric band surgery: this is a restrictive procedure. The surgeon places a band around the top of the stomach. This aims to limit the amount of food that can be consumed and can help promote weight loss.

Weight-Loss Products

The basis of any treatment for obesity needs to be a combination of nutrition, exercise and behavioural therapy.
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Diet shakes and meal replacement products can form part of the treatment of obesity. Ask your doctor to draw up your individual plan.

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