Semaglutide Treatment

Semaglutide Weight Loss Treatment at NW Integrative Medicine

What is Semaglutide treatment?

Semaglutide is a medication used for treating type 2 diabetes and managing weight in individuals with obesity or overweight. It belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. The drug works by mimicking the GLP-1 hormone naturally produced in the gut. It has several effects on the body:

  1. Increases insulin production in response to elevated blood sugar levels.
  2. Reduces glucagon secretion, which helps lower blood sugar.
  3. Slows down gastric emptying, leading to increased feelings of fullness.
  4. Interacts with brain regions that control appetite, reducing hunger sensations.

How is the treatment administered?

Semaglutide is administered as a subcutaneous injection, typically once a week. It's available under different brand names:

  • Ozempic: Primarily used for type 2 diabetes management.
  • Wegovy: Specifically approved for weight loss in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related comorbidity.

When used for weight loss, semaglutide is prescribed alongside diet and exercise interventions. Clinical trials have shown significant weight reduction in many patients using the medication.

What are the possible side effects?

Common side effects include gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, especially when starting the treatment. The dose is usually increased gradually to minimize these effects.

Who should avoid using this treatment?

It's important to note that semaglutide is not suitable for everyone. It's contraindicated in people with a history of medullary thyroid cancer, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or pancreatitis. Additionally, it should be used with caution in patients with a history of gallbladder disease.

How do I maintain my weight management?

While semaglutide has shown promising results in weight management and diabetes control, it's not a miracle drug. It requires ongoing use to maintain its effects and should be part of a comprehensive approach to health that includes lifestyle modifications alongside diet and exercise.

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