Giving overweight individuals a gut hormone that suppresses appetite can lead to beneficial weight loss as well as reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a bmj.com study. For individuals combating weight gain, acupuncture can aid in weight loss when combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise.
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a hormone that is secreted from the intestine when we eat. GLP-1 based therapy was recently introduced as a new treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes because of its ability to regulate blood sugar levels. But it also suppresses food intake and appetite, making it an interesting approach in the treatment for weight loss.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen set out to determine the effect of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists on weight loss. They also looked at their effect on blood pressure, cholesterol and liver enzyme levels, and blood sugar (glycemic) control.
They analyzed the results of 25 trials involving over 6,000 patients, and found that participants who received doses of GLP-1R agonists for at least 20 weeks achieved a greater weight loss compared with the control groups. The benefit was seen for both patients with and without type 2 diabetes. GLP-1R agonists also had beneficial effects on blood pressure and cholesterol and improved glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Modification of diet and lifestyle remains the cornerstone of long-term weight loss. Adding acupuncture to your weight loss plan can speed weight loss by boosting your metabolism. Acupuncture can aid in suppressing appetite and minimizing overeating.
Acupuncture for weight loss:
- Reduces stress.
- Curbs binge eating.
- Improves digestion.
- Combats weight gain.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.