Semaglutide Medical Weight Loss
Semaglutide is a medication initially developed to treat type 2 diabetes. It works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps regulate blood sugar levels and appetite. Recently, Semaglutide has gained attention for its potential use in weight loss.
Wegovy (and Ozempic), a brand name for the higher-dose version of Semaglutide, is specifically approved by the FDA for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight individuals who have at least one weight-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
How do Semaglutide and Wegovy work for weightloss?
Both Semaglutide and Wegovy work by mimicking the action of GLP-1, a naturally occurring hormone in the body. GLP-1 has several essential functions, including:
By mimicking these effects, Semaglutide and Wegovy can help individuals reduce their calorie intake and promote weight loss.
Several clinical trials have demonstrated the potential of Semaglutide and Wegovy for weight loss. For example, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that participants who received Semaglutide lost an average of 14.9% of their body weight over 68 weeks, compared to 2.4% in the placebo group. Another study found that participants receiving Wegovy experienced an average weight loss of 17.4% over 68 weeks.
These results indicate that Semaglutide and Wegovy can be effective weight loss medications when used as part of a comprehensive weight management program, including a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
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Achieving Results with Semaglutide and Wegovy
To achieve the best results with Semaglutide and Wegovy, it is crucial to combine these medications with healthy lifestyle changes, such as:
- Proper hydration: Increase your water intake as needed, likely 64oz minimum per day.
Frequently asked QUESTIONS ABOUT SEMAGLUTIDE
Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist initially developed to treat type 2 diabetes. It works by mimicking the action of GLP-1, a naturally occurring hormone in the body that helps regulate blood sugar levels, appetite, and digestion. By stimulating insulin production, suppressing appetite, and slowing down digestion, Semaglutide can help individuals reduce their calorie intake and promote weight loss.
Yes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a higher-dose version of Semaglutide, sold under the brand name Wegovy, specifically for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight individuals with at least one weight-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Clinical trials have shown promising results for the use of Semaglutide in weight loss. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, participants who received Semaglutide lost an average of 14.9% of their body weight over 68 weeks, compared to 2.4% in the placebo group. These results indicate that Semaglutide can be an effective weight loss medication when used as part of a comprehensive weight management program, including a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
Some common side effects of Semaglutide include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite. Most of these side effects are mild to moderate and tend to diminish over time. In our practice, only 20% of our patients see any side-effects. Among those, the overwhelming majority can be eliminated with proper lifestyle changes.
If you experience severe or persistent side effects, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Semaglutide is administered via subcutaneous injections. For weight loss purposes, the recommended dosage starts at 0.25 mg per week (under the brand name Wegovy) and gradually increases to a maintenance dose of 2.4 mg per week. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding the use of this medication, as they may adjust the dosage based on your response, side effects, or medical history.
It is crucial to consult your healthcare provider before combining Semaglutide with other weight loss medications or supplements, as there may be potential interactions or side effects. Your healthcare provider can help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs and circumstances.
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