20 Apr How Semaglutide Aids in Sustainable Weight Loss
Obesity is a growing problem in the United States, with over 40% of adults considered obese. Excess weight can increase the risk of many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. While there are many diets and weight loss programs available, sustainable weight loss can be challenging. However, a new medication called Semaglutide may offer hope for those struggling with obesity.
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a medication originally developed to treat diabetes. It works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that helps regulate blood sugar levels. GLP-1 also affects appetite and metabolism, which led researchers to investigate its potential for weight loss. In 2021, the FDA approved Semaglutide for chronic weight management in adults with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have at least one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.
How does Semaglutide work for weight loss?
Semaglutide works by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness, which can lead to a reduction in calorie intake. It also slows down the movement of food through the digestive system, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Semaglutide is injected once a week and is intended to be used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
What are the benefits of Semaglutide for weight loss?
Studies have shown that Semaglutide can lead to significant weight loss, with some participants losing over 15% of their body weight. This weight loss was sustained over time, with participants maintaining an average weight loss of around 14% after a year. Semaglutide also improved other health markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, it may have a positive effect on mental health, as some participants reported improvements in depression and anxiety symptoms.
Is Semaglutide safe?
As with any medication, Semaglutide has potential side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. However, these side effects are generally mild and tend to improve over time. Semaglutide may also increase the risk of thyroid cancer or pancreatitis, although the risk appears to be small. It’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of Semaglutide with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
Semaglutide is a promising new tool for sustainable weight loss in adults with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have at least one weight-related health condition. When used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, Semaglutide can lead to significant and sustained weight loss, along with improvements in other health markers. If you’re interested in learning more about Semaglutide or want to schedule a consultation, please contact us at LT Men’s Clinic. Our experienced practitioners are dedicated to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals, including weight loss.