The Rise of Semaglutide
The United States has hit an all time high when it comes to our weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the US, approximately 73.6% of adults aged 20 years or older are overweight or obese. This means that nearly 3 out of 4 adults in the US have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, which is considered overweight or obese. Additionally, the prevalence of obesity is even higher, with 42.4% of US adults having a BMI of 30 or higher, which is considered obese. These rates have been steadily increasing over the past few decades and have significant implications for public health, as obesity is a major risk factor for a range of chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
For years, Americans have sought after weight loss remedies like bariatric surgeries, Cool Sculpting, fad diets, and even tapeworms to try to lose weight. Luckily for us, a new and safe medication called Semaglutide has been approved by the FDA as the first weight loss drug in many years to hit the market. This once a week injection is spreading like wildfire amongst celebrities and now is becoming a household name for weight loss.
So what’s the scoop?!
Semaglutide is a medication that has been found to be effective for weight loss in individuals with obesity. The medication works by mimicking the effects of a natural hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and appetite.
Here are some of the benefits and safety considerations of Semaglutide for weight loss:
Benefits of Semaglutide for Weight Loss:
Several clinical trials have demonstrated that Semaglutide can lead to significant weight loss in individuals with obesity. For example, the Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with Obesity (STEP) trials included over 4,500 participants and found that Semaglutide led to an average weight loss of 14.9% to 16% over a 68-week period. This weight loss was sustained over time and resulted in improvements in other health outcomes, such as glycemic control and blood pressure.
Semaglutide has also been found to be an effective treatment for weight loss in individuals with type 2 diabetes, a condition that is often associated with obesity. In clinical trials, Semaglutide has been shown to improve glycemic control and lead to weight loss in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Safety of Semaglutide for Weight Loss:
Like all medications, Semaglutide has potential side effects and risks. The most commonly reported side effects of Semaglutide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. These side effects are generally mild to moderate in severity and usually resolve over time.
In rare cases, Semaglutide has been associated with serious side effects, such as pancreatitis and thyroid cancer. However, these side effects are very rare and occur in less than 1% of patients treated with Semaglutide. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of Semaglutide before starting treatment.
Overall, Semaglutide is a promising treatment option for individuals who are overweight or obese and looking to lose weight and improve their overall health. At LaSara Medical Group, we offer Semaglutide in custom built protocols that are designed to help you reach your goals in 3-6 months. As a professional medical facility, we can help you jump start your journey to a healthier and leaner you. To get started, simply schedule a free consultation.