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Episode 131: GLP-1 Medications with Dr. Isabelle Amigues

GLP-1 medications like Wegovy, Ozempic, and Mounjaro are all the rage right now. Originally marketed as drugs to help diabetics with insulin resistance, they were later discovered to help people lose weight.

With those possibilities, GLP-1 meds are positioned to revolutionize health in the US since about two-thirds of the population is either overweight or obese and at risk for conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

But there’s been another new discovery—GLP-1 medications also have anti-inflammatory properties. Several different studies have since shown that GLP-1 medications help to reduce inflammation in the liver, kidneys, heart, and even the brain (which is of particular interest to fibromyalgia patients).

Today, Tami is joined by rheumatologist Dr. Isabelle Amigues to talk about GLP-1 medications and how they can potentially help those of us with fibromyalgia. In this episode, Tami and Dr. Amigues discuss the unusual way Dr. Amigues is incorporating GLP-1 medications in her practice, what you need to know about GLP-1 medications, the anti-inflammatory effects of GLP-1 medications and the implications, the link between inflammation and adipose tissue, the potential impact of GLP-1 medications on aging-related complications and inflammatory conditions, GLP-1 medications as a tool to get you over the final hurdle to fibromyalgia remission, utlizing mindful eating to help you make better food choices, tapping into the virtuous cycle of weight loss, breaking the stigma and releasing the judgment around our weight, factors to consider before taking GLP-1 medication, who should avoid these medications, putting the horror stories of bad experiences and side effects into context, next steps if you’d like to consult with your doctor about taking a GLP-1 medication, why it’s crucial to work with a qualified specialist, the affordability of GLP-1 medications medications, and more.

Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.

About Dr. Isabelle Amigues

Isabelle Amigues, MD, is a rheumatologist, trained both in Paris and Columbia University, in New York City.

At age 40, Dr. Amigues was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. A timely meeting with a non-traditionally trained practitioner taught her a different approach to disease. She experienced the power of meditation, visualization, energy healing, and love. Her journey through cancer inspired her to learn more about these alternative techniques, and now that she has studied many of them she has integrated them into her own practice of medicine.

Dr. Amigues is based in Denver, CO where she sees patients. She is the author of multiple book chapters and scientific articles. Her podcast, UnabridgedMD, can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Website: UnabridgedMD.com
Podcast: UnabridgedMD
Social Media: @UnabridgedMD

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“Hi Tami! I just wanted stop by to say hi. And to also let you know how helpful your recent episode was regarding seasons of rest (Episode 128). In this world there is so much pressure to be like others and to be able to do what others can. When as someone with fibro we are often times left feeling less than due to our culture. What a great reminder and confirmation for me your episode was. Going slow and steady equals health. Rest equals health. What you do is so important. Thank you!”

~ Jess on Instagram

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