of the Kingdom’s leading specialists has endorsed the use of drugs in
weight-loss programmes and stressed their important benefits to patients
suffering from obesity.
a presentation at the Sheraton Hotel in Dammam, Prof. Hassan El-Shahaly,
a consultant in rheumotology and rehabilitation in the Eastern Province,
said that while dieting patients normally could achieve a loss of 10% in
body weight on their own, those suffering from obesity would sometimes
need extra help. “This is where drugs like Xenical really can make a
difference, both for the diet plan and for patients’ general
well-being and happiness,” he said.
presentation, held in front of some of Saudi Arabia’s leading medical
specialists and members of the public, highlighted the serious problem
that Saudi society faces from obesity: 62% of Saudi women are obese, and
44.3% of men. The reason, said Prof. El-Shahaly, were the usual factors
of low-energy expenditure versus a high calorie intake, though, he
added, behavioral factors, genetics, and the environment also had an
explosion in the consumption of fast food has also done considerable
damage to the Saudi people’s diet,” he said. The presentation
included a detailed analysis of the fat content in fast food. “Obese
people always underestimate their daily calorie intake,” he said.
“The reality is usually very different. For this reason, if patients
are struggling to maintain a strictly low-fat regimented diet, a helping
hand is sometimes required in the form of drugs.”
drugs make a real difference to patient’s lives
El-Shahaly highlighted the benefits that drugs like Orlistat, more
commonly known as Xenical, had given people trying to lose weight.
“While most dieters can lose up to 10% of their own body weight
through a simple diet program though quickly regain weight after dieting
ceases, Xenical provides a long-term solution,” he said. “Though a
low-fat diet must be followed throughout medication.”
reduces the rate of fat intake into the body by up to 30%. The drug is
taken orally at mealtimes and is non-systemic. This means that the drug
is unlike centrally acting drugs that suppress the appetite and have
side effects on the central nervous system.
trials have also shown that Type 2 diabetes sufferers can lose double
the amount of weight when taking Xenical in contrast to those on a
placebo treatment. It also has a range of benefits for those suffering
from high blood pressure, not least the reduction of weight putting less
strain on the heart.
people taking Xenical there is also the Xenicare programme, he said.
Through a toll-free number (800-2444004) patients can get any questions
answered they may have about the drug, obesity, weight-loss, and side
effects. Once contacted, a patient’s name is entered into a database
for continual support while taking the drug. Patients are contacted by
telephone for progress reports and materials are sent on a variety of
obesity-related subjects to help them achieve their target weight. The
programme is also to help doctors who are prescribing Xenical. The
programme may soon extend to patient meetings and obesity support
is a worldwide disease that has grown to epidemic proportions over the
last two decades, with a 30% increase in sufferers.
on behalf of Roche in Saudi Arabia by Gulf Hill & Knowlton, Jeddah.
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