Wegovy and Ozempic: Are the Risks Worth the Weight Loss Rewards?

Wegovy and Ozempic (semaglutide) have been making waves in the weight loss world. People are seeing significant weight loss results in a relatively short amount of time. However, as with any medication, it is essential to consider the potential side effects. Nausea is the most commonly reported side effect of Wegovy. Patients may experience nausea for 1-2 days after taking … Read More

Can Wegovy help me with weight loss?

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There are several new medications out on the market that help patients lose weight. Wegovy (semaglutide) and Saxenda (liraglutide) have been FDA approved for weight loss. Other names for semaglutide are Ozempic and Rybelsus. Ozempic and Rybelsus are FDA approved for use in diabetics. Wegovy is taken once a week and Saxenda is taken everyday. This article will focus on … Read More

Is intermittent fasting (time restricted eating) good for you?

Recently the New York Times released an article saying that scientists find no benefit to time restricted eating. So is intermittent fasting, or time restricted eating, good for you? The study showed there is no difference in weight loss between the calorie reduction and time restricted eating groups. The ultimate goal of intermittent fasting is NOT weight loss. Weight loss … Read More

New and Improved Weight Loss Plan for 2022

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Happy New Year! We are excited to launch our new and improved weight loss plan at Susarla Primary Care! We have many options along with a nutrition program. Right now there has been an explosion of new medications for weight loss. Here are a few: Wegovy Saxenda Qsymia Off label Wellbutrin Off label Topamax Phentermine (We dont use a lot … Read More

How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Covid 19 Pandemic

The COVID 19 pandemic has likely brought about many changes in your life. Some of you started working from home. Some of you use Amazon and Instacart more than ever. Kids activities and classes now have a “hybrid” virtual approach. A new “germaphobe” culture has been created. Social media has blown up.    I repeatedly see patients with new onset anxiety and depression. Obesity is on the … Read More

What Should I Know about Breast Cancer Screening

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Breast cancer is the most common non skin cancer in women and accounts for about 30% of all new cancers in the United States. The highest incidence of breast cancer is between 70-74 years of age. A risk assessment tool can be used to determine individual risk and help guide screening decisions. Here are some simple questions and answers about … Read More

How COVID Affected a Close Friend

This month I want to share a COVID-related story. I know there is a lot of information—both accurate and inaccurate—circulating about COVID. We are all bombarded hearing about the dos and “dont’s”, but it is crucial NOT to wait until you are personally affected to take action. Even those of us in the medical community have been touched by COVID—in … Read More

New Guidelines on Calcium and Vitamin D for Osteoporosis

ALERT! Updated guidelines on Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community Dwelling Older Adults! DO NOT TAKE! In the past it was common practice to put all post menopausal women on calcium and vitamin D to prevent fractures. However, the most recent recommendations have changed. Please note: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force … Read More

Intermittent Fasting in Patients with Diabetes

Intermittent fasting is a practice that is defined by time restricted eating. There are many types of intermittent fasting plans, the OMAD (one meal a day), the 5:2 (five days of eating with two day of fasting), 16:8 (16 hours of fasting with 8 hours of eating), 18:6 (18 hours of eating and 6 hours of fasting), 24 hour fasts, … Read More

Questions and Answers about the COVID Vaccine

Here are some recent questions and my answers regarding the COVID vaccination. 1. I’ve been infected with COVID in the past and recovered. My course was mild. Do I still need the vaccine? Yes, I would still recommend the vaccine. About 10% of people who were infected with COVID develop a weak antibody response that wears off in approximately 90 … Read More