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Weight Loss Drugs: What are the Risks? – Dr. Robert Driver
In 2022, nearly 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women were considered overweight with more than 42% of adults being considered obese. The global weight loss and weight management industry has a market size valued around $224 billion dollars and it is expected to surpass $405 billion by 2030. What’s alarming is over 90% of people who invest in a weight loss program usually regain all of their weight back at some point.
On December 23rd, 2022, the drug Semaglutide received FDA approval to be used as a weight loss medicine for those 12 and up who have a BMI above the 95th percentile. How effective are these type of drugs and what the potential side effects and risks? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Robert Driver, about the mechanisms of action around these drugs, the potential side effects and risks, what type of weight is someone losing from their use, are they suitable for children, and much more. Stay tuned until the end for the curve ball round to learn what would be the one drug he could invent to change the landscape of health.
Robert Driver, MD
Bob Driver is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who has been practicing medicine for over twenty years. He is certified in Advanced Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and is also a member of the Age Management Medical Group. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University and his Doctor of Medicine from Drexel University College of Medicine.
Bob founded Spartan Medical Associates as his opinion of aging and health evolved during his professional career. He noticed a lack of focus on proactive medicine and was frustrated with the failings of standard medical treatments. He also learned to reject the notion that some things just come with old age. Fatigue, weight gain, muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, and other “old age symptoms” can be prevented and reversed. Bob has become an expert on BHRT and wants to help clients restore balance for a healthier life. He offers individualized bioidentical hormone replacement strategies and a concierge level of service that brings the expertise to you.
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