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Found Pillar Spotlight: GLP-1s

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Losing weight is hard.  From trendy diets to influencer workout routines and “get thin quick” schemes, it’s a challenge to choose where to start, especially when you have to sift through the millions of options out there. It’s an even bigger challenge to keep going if you aren’t seeing results. And a lot of people don’t. 

The truth is sometimes diet and exercise alone don’t lead to effective weight loss due to biological blockers. It’s not your fault, and it’s usually not something you can figure out or fix on your own. The good news is that medication may work with your body to help you lose weight. In fact, according to the Obesity Medicine Association, “Prescription medication doubles to triples the odds of losing 5-10% body weight (or more).” ² 

This is where Found comes in. In addition to lifestyle coaching, Found’s personalized weight care program has a medical team that works with each member to determine if prescription medication can help them reach their weight loss goal. One of the many pharmaceutical treatments the Found medical team may prescribe is a GLP-1, a medication that can be used to lower blood sugar levels to treat diabetes type 2. Although not all GLP-1s have been approved by the FDA for weight loss, research from the New England Journal of Medicine shows that although primarily indicated for diabetes, this class of drugs also may contribute to clinically significant weight loss.¹ 

How do GLP-1s support weight loss?

GLP-1 agonists are used to lower blood sugar levels to treat diabetes type 2. These medications copy the way a hormone called “glucagon-like peptide 1” works in the body. When blood sugar levels start to rise after someone eats, GLP-1s stimulate the body to secrete more insulin which helps lower blood sugar levels. Research also shows that  GLP-1s appear to help suppress appetite. Although the exact mechanism is not known, it is believed that these drugs slow the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine. As a result, you may feel full faster and longer, so you eat less. Other potential health benefits of some GLP-1s are lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. 

While GLP-1s can be effective, they may not work or be medically appropriate for everyone. 

  • All GLP-1s except one have to be taken by injection.

  • There are many brand names of GLP-1s and some can be very expensive, which is a turn off for many people. 

Potential side effects of GLP-1s include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Like other prescription medications, patients should use GLP-1s under the guidance of a medical professional as part of a comprehensive program. This is why prescription medication is just one piece of Found’s plan in conjunction with the other Found pillars: nutrition, movement, sleep, emotional health and stress, and social support.

How Found uses GLP-1s in our Prescription Weight Loss Program:

No needles here! The Found medical team can prescribe Rybelsus®, a safe GLP-1 medication. Rybelsus® is the only GLP-1 medication that is taken orally.

For members who meet the specifications for a GLP-1 prescription, The Found team will work to get prior authorization from insurance companies to cover the cost of Rybelsus® before the provider prescribes it so no member is left covering the cost out of pocket. 

How Effective are Prescription Drugs for Weight Loss? 

The Mayo Clinic says, “prescription weight-loss drugs approved for long-term use (more than 12 weeks) produce significant weight loss compared with placebo. The combination of weight-loss medication and lifestyle changes results in greater weight loss than lifestyle changes do alone.” ³

At Found, the combination of prescription drugs, lifestyle changes, and coaching helps members lose an average of 10 percent of their body weight in 6 months.

Think prescription medication might be right for you?

We’d love to help by utilizing our expert team to set up the best path for your personalized weight care journey. 

The Found journey starts with a health quiz. Your results determine the specific path that is the best fit for you. The “Rx Path” is Found’s most common plan. If eligible, you’ll meet virtually with a board-certified medical professional specializing in weight care who will take the time to understand your specific situation and prescribe the right medications for you. They will determine what medication, if any, is appropriate from you, pulling from our wide availability of various types of medication that may focus on suppressing cravings, increasing feelings of fullness, or blocking fat absorption. 

No one medicine is appropriate for everyone, which is why Found works with a medical team and pharmacy to provide members access to the widest set of prescription medications on the market.

If you’re ready for a plan that leverages the power of modern science plus personalized coaching, click below to start the quiz. 

*Found may prescribe one GLP-1 medication, Rybelsus® which is only FDA-approved to treat diabetes.

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