Semaglutide – Medical Weight Loss
At Coast Spine Center in Stuart, Florida, we offer Semaglutide – a medically-supervised weight loss program, approved by the FDA.
Semaglutide is an injectable medication that originally gained approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In recent years, it has also been spotlighted for its effectiveness in weight management. In 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a higher-dose formulation of Semaglutide specifically for weight loss. The drug is a great pharmaceutical option for people dealing with obesity or struggling to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.
Semaglutide belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These drugs mimic the action of the naturally occurring GLP-1 hormone in the body, which is released in response to food intake and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
The drug affects the way the body regulates appetite and calorie intake by acting on receptors in the brain that control feelings of hunger and fullness. When using Semaglutide, people often feel fuller for longer and, as a result, consume fewer calories.
Clinical Trials and Effectiveness
Clinical trials have shown that Semaglutide can lead to significant weight loss. In one study, participants taking Semaglutide lost an average of 15% of their body weight over a period of one year, a substantial amount compared to placebo groups. Another trial demonstrated that nearly one-third of the participants lost more than 20% of their body weight. This level of weight loss can have a transformative impact on health, potentially reducing the risk of co-morbidities like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
Safety and Side Effects
Like any pharmaceuticals or medications, Semaglutide could have some potential side effects. A small percentage of weight loss patients have reported minor side-effects such as nausea, diarrhea, or constipation – although these symptoms usually lessen over time.
Despite any side effects, Semaglutide presents a promising avenue for medically-supervised weight loss, especially for those who have not found success with traditional methods. Our team of healthcare professionals at Coast Spine Center are happy to consult with you or your loved ones to see if this method of weight loss is right for you. Please contact our office for an in-person or telephone consultation.