If you type in what's new in weight loss on a search engine you will get page after page of articles on semaglutide also known as Ozempic or Wegovy. It's actually hard to find anything else on the subject. You may be wondering what this medication is and why it is so popular. The Holy Grail of weight loss is finding a medication that does not require any work or lifestyle changes from a patient. Until now, that medication has not existed. We have patients that have literally lost 25% of their body weight by just taking this medication. Will everyone have those results? No, but the average was 10-15% with no changes to diet, exercise, supplements, etc. No other medication has been this effective and is the first to be FDA approved for weight loss since 2014. So what is it? Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist which binds to this receptor and fools our body into feeling full. Many patients will tell me that they feel full very quickly when eating and just aren't hungry. This is given as a once weekly injection by a very simple device that does most of the work for you. If this is something you are interested in, give us a call at (814) 283-4655. Insurance coverage for this will vary and there are other options available as well.
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