JumpstartMD Offers GLP-1 GIP (Mounjaro ® / Terzepatide) Medication For Weight Loss in The Bay Area
With the recent June 2022 FDA approval of the GLP-1 GIP receptor agonist Mounjaro ® (terzepatide), we now have a new and remarkable tool in our clinical tool belt to support the health and well-being of our members in the Bay Area. At JumpstartMD, we recognize that obesity is a chronic, recurring disease that requires chronic treatment with both healthy lifestyle changes AND, when needed, medication support.
JumpstartMD’s Medical Team Prescribes the GLP-1 Medication Wegovy®
Members Achieve Superior Weight Loss Outcomes and Sustain Them
In that vein, JumpstartMD offers the combination GLP-1 GIP medication Mounjaro ® along with health coaching and healthy eating to help our members achieve superior weight loss outcomes and sustain them.
How does Mounjaro Work?
Mounjaro® works to stimulate naturally occurring GLP-1 and GIP receptors in the body. In so doing, it not only supports previously unseen weight loss outcomes and, like GLP-1’s, it should also help to prevent and reverse common metabolic diseases such as type II diabetes and pre-diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.
Combination GLP-1 GIP medications like Mounjaro ® are not stimulants nor habit forming.
How Effective is Mounjaro for Weight Loss?
In the Mounjaro® phase III weight loss trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June, 2022), average weight loss at 18 months on the highest dose of Mounjaro® was nearly 21%! That’s a positively life changing average outcome not previously seen with other pharmacologic options.
How is Mounjaro different from GLP-1 Medications like Wegovy®?
Medications like Mounjaro® are unique from older classes of weight loss medications (like phentermine) and exclusive GLP-1 agonists, because they combine elements that stimulate BOTH native GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) AND GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide) receptors in a single “peptide” (short protein) molecule.
Stimulate Natural Metabolic Pathways that Produce a Variety of Unique Benefits
In so doing, they stimulate natural metabolic pathways that produce a variety of unique benefits to promote weight loss,, health, and well-being.
Those benefits include:
- Delay in gastric emptying time to promote satiety, reduce hunger, and decrease spikes in blood sugar
- Reduction in glucagon levels to stabilize and reduce elevations in blood sugar
- Increase in insulin sensitivity, particularly for insulin resistant people in whom that mechanism is broken
- Enhanced secretion of the energy storage hormone insulin, a mechanism that also tends to be dysfunctional in insulin resistant people
- Reduction of hunger and cravings and thus food intake through appetite suppression within the hunger center of the brain
What is Off-Label FDA Approved Medication Use to Improve and Sustain Outcomes?
As of June 2022, Mounjaro®, is FDA approved to improve glycemic (blood sugar) control in type II diabetics. Based on the results of its phase III weight loss trial mentioned above, its manufacturer is also seeking FDA approval for obesity treatment in the not too distant future.
Our Clinicians’ Have Extensive Experience with GLP-1 (And Other) Medications
In the interim, based on our clinicians’ extensive experience using GLP-1 (and other) medications to treat excess weight, our clinicians are welcome to prescribe Mounjaro® to eligible members “off-label” – or for another indication than that for which it is FDA approved – based on the clinical judgment they use to best serve their members. And, yes, at JumpstartMD we’ve been using Mounjaro extensively since its FDA approval and to great positive effect.
What Does Mounjaro Cost and Are Their Discounts?
Average full-retail price of Mounjaro currently sits at nearly $1200 per month, a cost clearly prohibitive for the vast majority of people in need. Fortunately, the manufacturers of Mounjaro® have implemented a discounted savings program wherein patients may receive Mounjaro® for as little as $25 a month with the Mounjaro Savings Card. Depending on your insurance and eligibility criteria, our clinicians can help to facilitate that savings program through our pharmacy partners with one exception being members on governmental payors such as Medicare, Tricare, or the VA.
Why Use Medications Like Mounjaro® to Achieve and Sustain Superior Weight Loss and Health Improvement Outcomes?
We believe healthy lifestyle changes and behaviors are critical, central components of any sustainable weight loss and health journey. But let’s face it, losing weight and equally importantly, sustaining your healthier, lower weight once you get there, isn’t easy.
Help People Prevent and Reverse Disease And Achieve And Sustain Even Healthier, Lower Weights
As a result, in the 21st century wherein life changing medications like Mounjaro®, Wegovy and others are available to complement lifestyle care, why not use them help people prevent and reverse disease and achieve and sustain even healthier, lower weights, particularly for eligible people who need the additional support.
Using Medication In Combination With Healthy, Individualized Lifestyle Changes Produces Superior Outcomes
Abundant studies have shown that using medication in combination with healthy, individualized lifestyle changes produces superior outcomes and can really be a blessing when properly prescribed. They’re by no means a crutch, nor evidence of personal failure, nor unsafe. To the contrary, excess weight and associated diseases are unsafe.
Medications Like Mounjaro® Work in Combination With Healthy Lifestyle Changes
So, if medications like Mounjaro® in combination with healthy lifestyle changes and compassionate support can help one achieve and sustain superior results that prevent and reverse major diseases and promote a healthy, happy life, use them all (for God’s sake or posthaste!).
FAQ’s About GLP-1 GIP Combination Medications Like Mounjaro®:
Q: Is GLP-1 GIP Medication like Mounjaro® an Injectable?
A: Mounjaro® is indeed a once weekly injectable with an ultra-tiny needle and very simple, easily utilized delivery mechanism that even the needle phobic can tolerate in our experience.
Q: How frequent are the doses?
A: Once weekly.
Q: What if I have questions?
A: If you have questions after your visit with a JumpstartMD medical weight loss clinician, your Medical Team will discuss the details of your medication.
Q: What GLP-1 GIP brands do you prescribe?
A: Mounjaro® is the only GLP-1 GIP medication of its kind on the market today and currently indicated on an off-label basis as an adjunct to lifestyle changes for weight management in people with obesity or overweight – with a related medical complication such as high blood pressure.
Q: Are medications required at JumpstartMD?
A: Starting at the first appointment, our members learn that losing weight – and keeping it off – is about making smart decisions based on nutritional science. Members lose an average of 26 pounds (12.6% of their starting weight) by month 6.
In that vein, know that weight management medications are by no means required to participate in a JumpstartMD weight management program. In fact, many of our members pursue their weight management journey without medication and our published outcomes study on over 22,000 members seen showed that they also do remarkably well.
Nonetheless, that group is, to some degree self-selected, while we know that biology drives behavior along with excess weight and medication can positively influence the biology of both behavior and fat formation.
In fact, research shows that, in combination with health coaching and lifestyle changes, medications like Mounjaro® and others can be both safe and extremely effective at promoting long term, successful weight loss.
Q: What happens if I am not eligible for the Mounjaro® Savings Card or I don’t qualify because my insurance won’t subsidize a medication like Mounjaro®, Wegovy®, or another GLP-1?
A: Fear not if your insurance won’t provide coverage for a GLP-1 agonist. Our clinicians are experts in medical weight management and have an abundant variety of pharmacologic (medication) options in addition to GLP-1’s and GLP-1 GIP’s and non-pharmacologic tools in their toolbox to help you to achieve and sustain your health and wellness goals.
Q: In addition to GLP-1’s like Wegovy® and GLP-1 GIP’s like Mounjaro® are there other effective weight management medication options available for interested and eligible JumpstartMD members?
A: First, remember one doesn’t have to utilize optional FDA approved weight management medication at JumpstartMD to be successful, while they are an available option to interested and eligible members. Second, if medications like Wegovy® (semaglutide) or Mounjaro® that are cost-prohibitive at full retail are not on one’s insurance formulary or otherwise available on an insurance subsidized or savings program, other classes of lower cost generic and non-generic medications can also be prescribed either alone or in combination and to great benefit with the right individualized nutritional guidance and support.
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