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    Do weight loss drugs lead to muscle loss instead of fat?

    Do weight loss drugs lead to muscle loss instead of fat?


    A research has revealed that weight loss medicines may allow people suffering from obesity to achieve remarkable results but they are not entirely safe to use.

    Weight loss, with the help of weight loss medicines such as Ozempic and Wegovy by Novo Nordisk, carries lean mass — that includes an individual’s bones, organs, and muscle — more than actual fat which can prove to be troublesome for one’s body.

    An associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr Jaime Almandoz said: “When we look at weight reduction from any intervention, about one-third of the weight we lose tends to be lean mass, and that can be problematic.”

    The lost lean mass generally consists of muscle while it is important to retain muscle mass as it helps improve metabolic rate at rest.

    While talking about lean mass, she said that it is healthier and associated with better metabolism, so when one loses lean mass, he may lose some of that function.

    Although it is normal to lose muscle mass during weight loss extensive loss of muscle mass is not suitable for people.

    While emphasising the significance of muscle mass, Dr Louis Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine said: “If you can maintain your muscle mass, you could have more sustained weight loss because your metabolic rate would not be reduced.”

    People with obesity or above the age of 60 can shed weight while maintaining a healthy muscle mass by increasing the intake of protein in their diet.

     

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