In the ongoing quest for safe and effective weight loss treatments, semaglutide has emerged as a game-changer. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2021, this injectable medication, originally designed for diabetes management, is revolutionizing chronic weight management in individuals who are obese or overweight. Here’s what you need to know:


What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications known as GLP-1 RAs, which mimic a gut hormone called GLP-1. This hormone plays a role in regulating insulin production and also influences appetite and satiety. When combined with diet and exercise, semaglutide has shown significant weight loss benefits.


Semaglutide for Weight Loss

Currently available as Wegovy, semaglutide is administered weekly via injections. It’s been shown to help people lose substantial weight when used alongside a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s not a permanent solution, and weight tends to return when the medication is discontinued.


Side Effects

Side effects of semaglutide are generally mild and include dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, and stomach problems. Starting with a lower dose can help manage these side effects.


Who Should Consider Semaglutide?

You should avoid semaglutide if you have a history of specific medical conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • (Cholecystectomy/Gallbladder removed is ok)
  • Stomach/Intestinal Issues (IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis)
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome
  • Personal or family history of Medullary Thyroid Cancer

Consult with one of our providers

In the journey of weight management, semaglutide is a valuable tool, but it should be part of a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle changes. Consult with one of our providers to see if this treatment is right for you! Blood work is required, as well as your full medical history forms completed before your first consultation.


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