Alma Health, a fully-integrated digital healthcare provider created to transform the lives of individuals living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol, has announced the launch of its curated, at-home weight loss program designed to combat the rise of obesity in the Middle East.
According to the World Health Organisation, the average prevalence of obesity in Arab countries has increased from 6.5% in 1975 to 20% in 2016. It was also found that in the UAE 40% of adults are overweight and 27.8% are obese. Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat and is estimated to be responsible for 5.02 million premature deaths each year around the world, It is a medical problem that increases the risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Alma Health recognises the rapidly growing problem in the region which has led the company to specially design and launch its first weight loss program.
For decades the paradigm of weight loss has been about the calories in vs calories out, this can sometimes be a challenge for individuals faced with intense cravings and not enough willpower to stick to the diet at hand. The program includes revolutionary medications, known as GLP-1, which work on a particular part of your brain, making the individual feel full faster, it also slows down how quickly the stomach empties. By combining GLP-1 medications with the support of Alma Health’s doctors and nutritionists, the healthcare provider has developed a weight-loss program that provides customers with a revolutionary method to achieve their goals in a more effective way.
The revolutionary weight loss program begins by introducing the patient to Alma Health’s experienced endocrinologist and a nutritionist who will assess their current condition and will build a personalised plan accordingly, including a diet and weight-loss GLP-1 medications if seen fit by the endocrinologist. The individual will then begin their customised program and may start seeing results from the first few weeks. The program includes monthly assessments to provide support and allow changes to be made according to the results and feedback provided by the individual. The entire process is done in the comfort of one’s home, allowing ease in access to doctors, information and support via the easy-to-use Alma Health app.
The weight loss program is designed for anyone in the UAE who is above 18 and has a BMI over 30 or over 27 if suffering from one of the following conditions: diabetes, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea or PCOS.