Slender Wonder is a medical weight loss programme that treats patients who struggle with overweight or obesity. Only Slender Wonder accredited doctors trained by the Slender Wonder institution can prescribe and distribute the weight loss programme. Slender Wonder has more than 200 accredited doctors countrywide. Their safe and effective weight loss programme has evolved over 40 years, with tens of thousands of patients being treated successfully in South Africa.
At Aesthetica Skin Centre, Dr Bianca Cowan treats the cause of obesity and not just the symptoms. Because of this approach, we have an excellent success rate. The weight loss programme is based not only on kilojoules, but, preferably a formula based on a low GI eating plan, Slender Wonder products (shake and supplements), and a series of injections that help to improve the body’s leptin sensitivity. Depending on the patient’s starting weight, most individuals lose up to 4 - 7 kg’s in the first month. Once you reach the maintenance phase, you will have restored your leptin sensitivity, which will help maintain your new weight. However, it is provided you continue to follow a healthy lifestyle!
Neuro-endocrinology of leptin – the Hunger Hormone Obesity can be easily defined: it results from a positive energy balance, which comes about as a consequence of an increased ratio of calorie intake to energy expenditure. A more recent definition is ‘Brain Starvation’ – and it has all to do with the hormone, leptin. Understanding how peripheral organs communicate with the brain fundamentally changed in 1994 with the discovery of the hormone leptin. Leptin acts within the hypothalamus to control food intake and energy expenditure.
During the past decade, there was an explosion of research published about the specific functions of leptin on a cellular level and the signalling cascades that mediate its effects. The evidence indicates that leptin plays a crucial role in regulating body fat by coordinating metabolism, feeding behaviour, energy balance and neuroendocrine response. Leptin is key to managing the entire endocrine system, and leptin sensitivity are crucial for normal functioning of the adrenals, thyroid, and sex hormones.