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The Role of Past Medical History in Long-Term Weight Management

Discover how some drugs used in managing chronic medical conditions affect long-term weight management.
It is essential to understand existing and previous co-morbidities as these can influence the success rates in the treatment of obesity and also indicate whether a referral to a medical practitioner or other health professional is needed. Certain medications can contribute to weight gain. These include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Insulin
  • Sulfonylureas medications used to treat Type II Diabetes
  • Anti-depressants (particularly mirtazapine)
  • Anti-psychotics (particularly clozapine, olanzapine)
  • Valproate (an anticonvulsant medication used for epilepsy and bipolar disorder)

It is important to recognise that managing medication may be an important component of a long-term weight management plan and thus medical involvement would be indicated.

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