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Dive into the Latest in Obesity and Cardiometabolic Medicine: Embrace a Holistic Approach to Care!

Patricia Dizon
/ April 11, 2024
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In this blog, we’re diving into the latest updates in obesity and cardiometabolic health, highlighting the shift towards a more holistic approach to treatment. You’ll discover how pharmaceuticals are being combined with crucial lifestyle modifications and innovative technologies to offer a more rounded and effective strategy for managing these conditions. We’re eager for you to understand the significance of this integrated approach and how it’s changing the landscape of healthcare for individuals facing obesity and related health issues.

Integrating Muscle Preservation with Resistance Training

Did you know that losing some muscle during weight loss is common? The good news is that this isn’t necessarily inevitable.

Most of us have caught wind that the use and development of GLP-1 agonists like Ozempic and Mounjaro are really turning heads and shaking things up in obesity treatment. Based on a recent article from Nature Biotechnology by Carrie Arnold, these are now being enhanced with muscle-preserving agents by BioAge Labs and Regeneron, addressing the critical issue of muscle loss during weight loss. As technology in pharmacotherapy advances, it is also worth considering a shift towards a more holistic approach in obesity and cardiometabolic care, beyond just medications. This approach can be supported by a growing body of evidence from a comprehensive review on Resistance Training by Nazir et al. (2024) indicating the importance of resistance training not only for muscle building but also for managing obesity-related comorbidities. The review showed that resistance training resulted in improved body mass index and laboratory values controlling CVD risk factors. This connection between pharmaceutical advancements and exercise underscores the necessity of a treatment model that balances medication with lifestyle alterations, including regular physical activity.

The Role of Lifestyle Changes, Sleep and Culinary Medicine

The acknowledgment of lifestyle changes as a fundamental component of obesity management resonates with Enara Health’s approach, where personalized care is driven by data to enhance patient-provider relationships and encourage sustainable behavioral changes. This concept is further supported by the integration of culinary medicine and Food is Medicine initiatives into obesity care, leveraged by digital platforms.

A recent article by Lydia Alexander, MD emphasizes the healing potential of food. This dietary-focused approach complements the broader lifestyle modification strategy, highlighting the synergy between medication, diet, and exercise in a comprehensive treatment plan.

However, this holistic approach can face challenges, such as the significant impact of sleep quality on obesity and diabetes risk.

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Recent research from the UK Biobank illustrates how inadequate sleep can undermine even the most well-designed diet and exercise regimes, elevating the risk of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) regardless of dietary habits. In the hustle of modern life, sleep often takes a backseat. However, making time for those crucial hours of rest could play a pivotal role in lowering the chances of health issues.

Medicare’s Coverage Expansion: A Step Forward?

The recent expansion of Medicare coverage to include obesity drugs for cardiovascular-benefits like Wegovy, marks a progressive step in healthcare policy. This broader accessibility to advanced treatments is commendable, yet it also calls for a push toward more comprehensive healthcare coverage that includes obesity counseling. This would ensure that all aspects of obesity management, from pharmacotherapy to lifestyle modifications, are accessible to those in need. In a new podcast, Rami Bailony, CEO, talks about revolutionizing obesity care by integration of technology, as demonstrated by Enara Health. Enara’s platform leverages data analytics to provide personalized treatment plans and facilitate effective behavioral changes. Undeniable advantages of obesity counseling and behavioral therapy in managing obesity are seen and calls for recognition from leaders.


In exploring the latest in obesity and cardiometabolic health, we’ve seen the importance of a holistic approach that marries pharmaceutical advances with lifestyle and dietary changes. The role of resistance training in preserving muscle during weight loss and the impact of sleep on health underscore the complexity of achieving wellness. Policy developments like Medicare’s expanded coverage for obesity drugs mark progress, yet highlight the need for comprehensive care solutions. With all these advancements at our fingertips, all that’s left is our willingness to embrace a positive shift, and we are set for success.

This shift towards integrated care invites us to view health as a lifestyle commitment. For those keen to contribute to this evolving landscape, we welcome your collaboration.

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