How Does Semaglutide Work?
Semaglutide works by mimicking the hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is released after we eat and helps to regulate appetite and food intake. Semaglutide helps people feel fuller after eating and leads to reduced hunger and fewer cravings.
In addition to its effects on appetite, semaglutide also helps to reduce the amount of fat stored in the body by increasing energy expenditure (the number of calories burned). It also decreases glucose production in the liver, which can lead to improved blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.
Side Effects of Semaglutide
The most common side effects of semaglutide are nausea, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, indigestion, and vomiting. These side effects are usually mild and go away with time. Less common side effects include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), upper respiratory tract infections, and injection site reactions.
If you are struggling to lose weight, you may be wondering if there are any FDA-approved weight loss medications that can help you reach your goals.
The answer is yes! The FDA has recently approved semaglutide (marketed as Ozempic) for long-term weight management. Ozempic is a once-weekly injectable medication that has been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off.
If you are interested in learning more about this new weight loss option, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.