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  • Writer's pictureDr. Cori Skarda

Semaglutide for weight loss: what is it and how does it work?

A new medication has recently emerged that is changing the landscape of weight management: Semaglutide (also known as Ozempic/Wegovy). This FDA-approved medication is currently trending, and for good reason. Semaglutide is here to redefine the weight loss journey.

Unlocking the Secrets of Semaglutide: What is It and How Does it Work?

Semaglutide operates as a GLP-1 agonist, orchestrating a symphony within your body that slows gastric emptying, decreases glucagon secretion, and increases insulin secretion. This produces an ensemble of signals that not only keep you feeling full but also works to control blood sugar levels. Overall, patients taking Semaglutide notice feeling less hunger pangs and less food cravings.

Results: The Semaglutide Difference

Injected Semaglutide has been shown to reduce body weight by 5-20%. In one large clinical study, almost 2000 patients with obesity were treated with “lifestyle intervention” plus either Wegovy or placebo. After 68 weeks, the group taking Wegovy lost 14.9% of their body weight while the placebo group lost 2.4% of their body weight.

Example: A person starting at 300 pounds, then losing 14.9% would have lost 44.7 pounds!

Who Can Take Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is indicated for people with a BMI greater than 30 or those with a BMI greater than 27 for patients who grapple with weight-related medical problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, or joint issues.

Semaglutide has been shown to be a remarkably safe option, steering clear of common pitfalls associated with weight-loss medications. There are no spikes in blood pressure and no heightened cardiac risk. While some patients report side effects like nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, they typically report these symptoms lessen over time. However, it's crucial to note that Semaglutide isn't for everyone, especially those with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer.

How Can I Get Semaglutide?

Paired with a comprehensive strategy encompassing mindful eating, intentional food choices, and physical activity, Semaglutide stands as a game-changer for weight loss.

Semaglutide is generally available as a once weekly injection. At ETCG, Dr. Skarda works with a local pharmacy to provide compounded Semaglutide and weight management medical services at a competitive rate. If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr. Skarda to discuss Semaglutide, you can request an appointment here:

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