IAPAM Reports on Best Practices for the Use of hCG in Weight Loss

The IAPAM is committed to educating physicians in the industry’s best practices for medical weight loss management. In support of this commitment, the IAPAM has completed a survey of experts in the use of hCG in a medically supervised weight loss program. These experts agree on 3 keys to successfully incorporating hCG into a physician-managed weight loss protocol: strict adherence to the protocol and physician supervision, properly sourced hCG, and comprehensive hCG protocol understanding.

Las Vegas, NV, March 03, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Following a survey of several experts in the use of hCG in medically supervised weight loss program, the IAPAM has determined that there are 3 critical success factors that must be adhered to, to ensure that an hCG program is successful for both the patient and the doctor. These key elements to success are:

1. Patients must follow the protocol precisely and patients should be under a physician's care, so that possible side effects can be understood and managed;

2. hCG must be sourced from an experienced physician or accredited compounding pharmacy; and

3. Training is essential to ensure that the managing physician: has a comprehensive understanding of the hCG protocol, including past and current research, understands the effects of medication and/or the use of vitamins in the protocol, has access to a variety of 500 cal/day recipes, and other nuances of the protocol that ensure success for the patient.

1. Medical Supervision Ensures Strict Adherence to the Protocol

Proponents of hCG for weight management agree "that the ultimate success of hCG in weight loss is strictly linked to medical supervision and strict adherence to the medical protocol designed by Dr. Simeons. It is the responsibility of health care professionals to supervise, advise, guide and control their patients health before, during and after treatment. The physician should be able to establish which patients are good candidates for treatment with hCG, and together with their patient, set realistic expectations that will allow for a successful process .

Dr. Ben Gonzalez, reinforces this point. "Patients must be evaluated and followed by a medical provider on this protocol." "A full medical evaluation to look for subtle metabolic issues that can contribute to decreased overall health and increased weight must be done." Equally, Dr. Scott Morris adds that, "the importance of physician supervision [also] revolves around preventing or managing side effects."

2. Properly Sourced hCG

Dr. Deb Musso, provides advice on the safe sourcing of hCG. Patients should ensure that, "their hCG [is secured] from an experienced physician who has worked consistently with the product and sources reliable outlets for their product. I do not suggest buying hCG from the internet or from someone who says you do not need a prescription...any hCG you receive should be from a licensed compounding pharmacy."

3. Training is Essential for Success

Given that hCG for weight loss is not, as Dr. Morris emphasizes, "a catch all diet, and "not everyone may be ready for hCG," training on, and understanding of, the hCG protocol is essential. Through education, doctors can appreciate the effects of medications, the implications of plateauing, the importance of vitamin supplements, and understand all the other nuances in the protocol that result in patient satisfaction and success for a healthcare practice.

In support of this training goal, the IAPAM's has recently developed an exclusive training program for physicians wishing to add Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs to their existing practices. The New IAPAM hCG Weight Loss Training will be held in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, on:

March 26, 2010
April 23, 2010 and
June 4, 2010

For a complete copy of the article, hCG in Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs, or to register for the IAPAM's hCG Physician Training Program, please visit


or contact Jeff Russell, Executive Director, IAPAM, at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 705, info@theiapam.com.

About the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PA’s) and nurse practitioners (NP’s). Information about the association can be accessed through IAPAM’s website at http://www.IAPAM.com or by contacting:
Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
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