Utilizing generic Ozempic®, Wegovy® to reduce patient Body Mass Index.
"FDA Approved weight loss drug Semaglutide making waves with outstanding clinical trial data."
Patients from all walks of life are seeing 2-4 pounds per week fall off when so many other therapies, diets, and medications failed. Patients have found Semaglutide weekly injections easy to administer at home since they are performed with a tiny insulin syringe.
What is Semaglutide exactly?
Semaglutide is a medication which is similar to a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 or GLP-1. GLP-1 is produced in the endocrine system after eating a meal. Drugs in the GLP-1 classification are typically given as an injection and some are already available on the market to treat diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Furthermore recent studies also suggest it has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, reducing levels of fat in the blood stream which lowers risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
That's all interesting, but how does Semaglutide work exactly?
While eating, your body sends chemical messages throughout the body, one of these includes Glucagon-like Peptide 1 which essentially sends the signal to the brain saying "I'm Full". Most patients report less hunger after just a few injections. Semaglutide also helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. This messaging system allows you to eat less often and smaller portions essentially making calorie restriction easier. In animal studies there has been positive results of RBC plaque progression. A lower blood glucose level means lower A1C which lowers your risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
Are there any side effects or downsides to starting Semaglutide?
Most patients will not experience a serious side effect, a small number will experience some slight nausea that typically lasts for about 15 minutes after the injection. This is by far the most common, but we have never had a patients stop treatment due to this, it is very mild. In the very beginning some diarrhea, upset stomach, and loss of appetite can occur, but this is usually limited by our proprietary titration method which matches each patients to an individualized dose.
How long do you stay on Semaglutide?
This isn't a one size fits all answer. The more weight you have to lose the longer you should plan on staying on the medication. We typically see an interim period of about 2-3 weeks before patients start seeing real weight loss. After that point it can be anywhere from 10-30 pounds per month. Why the big range? Well, the patents who take our dietary advice are going to see significantly greater weight loss than those who continue eating in their normal pattern. Weight loss always comes down to your relationship to food, and the education around that mentality. In a perfect world we would all only take in the exact amount of calories we require for useful energy throughout the day. Since most people eat what they want, when they want, calorie restriction and portion control is simply not a part of American life, and definitely not a part of our education. Many patients find themselves eating due to stress, boredom, depression, and other nasty cycles that can cause havoc in your daily life. We help patients break those cycles.
What do patients do when they reach their goal?
Some patients will still continue at a lower dosage for a few months once they reach their weight loss goal. This helps to create a smooth transition from the medication, and help establish healthy lifestyle habits. This is a non addictive medicine and can be stopped abruptly without complication.
How to get started with Semaglutide injections
We offer two ways to get started here at MedClub
The first way is to call our clinic in West Palm Beach, consult with Dr. Jenn and she will customize a plan that includes the medication, training, a custom titration, and diet.
The second way is to order Semaglutide online through our TeleHealth portal, you get all the same care as an in person visit, except you don't have to leave home. This option is for patients that do not live near our clinic. We offer a full training, and the same customized plan you would expect from a recognized concierge medical club.