What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is an FDA-approved weight loss injection.
By mimicking a hormone in the body, Semaglutide increases insulin secretion while slowing down how fast your stomach empties food. This suppresses your appetite, so you feel full longer, helping you eat less and lose weight. The drug was initially approved in 2017 at a lower dose to help control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes. People taking Semaglutide for blood sugar control lose weight as an additional benefit. After studying a higher amount of the medication in people without Type 2 diabetes, the FDA approved Semaglutide for weight loss in qualified adults.
How does Semaglutide work for weight loss?
Semaglutide mimics a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (or GLP-1) that targets areas in the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. Your digestive tract releases this incretin hormone after you’ve eaten a meal, lowering your blood sugar by triggering insulin release to block sugar production. Doing so helps you eat less and lose one to two pounds per week. And while a reduced-calorie meal plan increases the rate at which you lose and keep off weight, dieting is not required to lose weight on Semaglutide.
What are the benefits of Semaglutide weight loss injections?
Semaglutide is the first of its kind as a safe and highly effective hormone-based weight loss medication.
Some of the health benefits associated with Semaglutide include the following:
Lower blood sugar without any increase in hypoglycemia
Reduced body weight, lipids, blood pressure, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress
Enhanced insulin synthesis and secretion
Reduced glucagon levels in fasting and after eating
A promoted sensation of fullness in the brain
Slowed gastric emptying in the intestines to help you feel fuller for longer
More significant improvement in cardiovascular risk factors associated with obesity
In clinical trials, Semaglutide helped most recipients lose 10% of their body weight. More than half of them reduced their weight by 15%, the amount that most healthcare professionals say can help reduce the risk for future chronic illnesses.
Am I a candidate for Semaglutide weight loss injections?
To determine whether you are a good candidate for weight loss with Semaglutide injections, One of our health care providers will assess the extent of your being overweight. Adults can use Semaglutide with a body mass index (or BMI) greater than or equal to 24.
Alternatively, you may be a candidate for Semaglutide weight loss if your BMI is 27 and you have at least one of the following weight-related conditions:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Semaglutide should be combined with lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and exercise. However, these measures are not necessary to lose weight with Semaglutide injections.