How can I prepare for my first GP consult?

by | Diet and Weightloss

A patient has a weight loss consult with her GP

Gather and organise the following information before your appointment with your healthcare provider to make sure you have a positive conversation about weight loss medications:

Health History:

Any health problems they already had, like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or thyroid problems.
Surgery or medical treatments done in the past.
Currently taking medicines, such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and herbal treatments.
Any allergies or bad responses to medicines.
History of Weight Loss:

Earlier attempts to lose weight, such as diets, workout plans, or other weight loss programmes.
How much weight you’ve lost or gained in the past.
Problems or difficulties that people face when they try to lose weight.
Factors in lifestyle:

Typical daily diet and eating routines, such as the number of meals, the size of the portions, and the amount of processed or high-calorie foods eaten.
How active you are, how often you work out, and anything that might stop you from working out regularly.
How much you sleep and how stressed you are can affect how well you control your weight.
Behaviour and mental health issues:

Eating habits, like eating out of feeling, binge eating, or eating at night.
Things that cause stress or pressure that can make you eat too much or gain weight.
mental health history, such as if they have had depression, anxiety, or other mood problems.
Goals for weight loss:

Amount of weight drop you want.
Time frame that is reasonable for reaching weight loss goals.
Long-term methods for keeping off the weight.
History of the family:

There is a history of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or other ailments in the family.
Right now, my health is:

Recent tests or check-ups with a doctor.
Any changes in your health or symptoms that happened recently.
Thoughts and Questions:

Make a list of the questions or concerns you have about weight loss drugs, such as possible side effects, safety, success, and any changes you may need to make to your lifestyle.
Values and preferences of the individual:

Your preferences when it comes to treatment choices, like whether you want to use medication or not.
Values and goals that have to do with health and well-being.
Information about health insurance:

If you have health insurance, bring it with you and ask if weight loss drugs or services related to them are covered.
If you bring all of this information to your appointment, you can have a useful conversation with your doctor about the different weight loss medications available and make a treatment plan that fits your needs and goals.