Guidelines Recommend Treating Obesity First, Comorbidities Later

New guidelines from the Endocrine Society recommend first managing obesity with lifestyle changes and medications, then managing any remaining comorbidities such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance. People with diabetes who are obese or overweight should receive medications that promote weight loss or have no effect on weight as first- and second-line treatments. Diet, exercise, and behavioral modifications should be part of all obesity management approaches. Weight loss medications and bariatric surgery can be combined with behavioral changes to reduce food intake and increase physical activity. The guidelines are published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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New guidelines from the Endocrine Society recommend first managing obesity with lifestyle changes and medications, then managing any remaining comorbidities such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance. People with diabetes who are obese or overweight should receive medications that promote weight loss or have no effect on weight as first- and second-line treatments. Diet, exercise, and behavioral modifications should be part of all obesity management approaches. Weight loss medications and bariatric surgery can be combined with behavioral changes to reduce food intake and increase physical activity. The guidelines are published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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