Like many other weight loss injections, the semaglutide injection recently approved by the FDA can be an effective chronic weight management tool for many adults. Mirabile M.D. now offers the semaglutide injection as another way for patients to supplement their weight loss journey and see the results they’re looking for, especially for those who have already considered or tried other weight loss options. Read on to find out more about semaglutide and how this weight-loss injection may be right for you.
What Is the Semaglutide Weightloss Injection?
Semaglutide was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat type 2 diabetes, since it helps regulate and manage blood sugar levels in patients. This drug has also now been approved by the FDA to be used for weight management and can be very effective for adults who are overweight or obese and are determined to succeed in their weight loss efforts.
The semaglutide injection for weight loss mimics the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and works to slow down the release of sugar into your bloodstream. Because of this, semaglutide acts as an appetite suppressant by slowing down gastric emptying, therefore encouraging you to reduce your daily caloric intake.
Over time, semaglutide will control your hunger and help you feel more satiated after meals, providing a valuable tool to help you adhere to a healthier diet consisting of less food, thereby leading to weight loss.
5 Benefits of Semaglutide Injections
Like other hormone-based weight loss medications, semaglutide can come with a range of weight loss benefits. These may include any of the following:
1. Reduces Excess Body Fat
Above all else, semaglutide injections help reduce body fat and overall body weight, which is the main reason weight loss patients decide that semaglutide is right for them. Being both safe and highly effective, semaglutide injections work great for adults experiencing obesity.
2. Manages Blood Sugar Levels
Because semaglutide is known to be used as a supplement to treat diabetes, the injection can help manage your blood sugar levels. The medication itself can lower and regulate your blood sugar without increasing the risk of developing hypoglycemia, a condition where the glucose levels in your body are lower than the standard, healthy range for blood sugar.
3. Suppresses Appetite
The main reason adults are able to lose weight while using semaglutide injections is that the medication acts as an appetite suppressant. The drug helps control hunger and cravings, thereby decreasing the amount of food you eat each day. If a healthy diet is maintained, patients can see significant weight loss results.
4. Lowers Blood Pressure
Weight loss in overweight or obese individuals can help lower cardiovascular risk factors by decreasing blood pressure, maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels, and improving your body’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference. Managing high blood pressure is imperative for preventing conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure.
5. Slows Gastric Emptying
Gastric emptying, or the time it takes for food to empty out of your stomach, is a regulated process your body undergoes after eating a meal. By slowing gastric emptying into the intestines, semaglutide can help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. This will reduce the amount of food you consume throughout the day, helping you maintain a healthier diet which can lead to weight loss.
Side Effects of Semaglutide Injections for Weight Loss
Some side effects can result from using semaglutide that patients should consider before using this medication. Talk with your provider one-on-one if there are any side effects you are especially concerned about and whether these may influence your choice to use the drug.
Side effects of semaglutide for weight loss can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach or back pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
Other serious side effects may include severe pain in the stomach and back areas, prolonged vomiting, vision changes, and symptoms related to low blood sugar, such as sweating, dizziness, shakiness, and slurred speech. If you experience any of these severe side effects, stop using semaglutide and contact your provider immediately.
Are Semaglutide Injections Right for Me?
Our semaglutide injections at Mirabile M.D. are patient-administered and must be used once a week. To experience the benefits listed above, it’s best to use this injection with regular exercise and a healthy diet to ensure you’re experiencing the drug’s full effects.
Your provider may increase the dosage amount over time depending on how your body reacts to the medication. Semaglutide can be taken for long periods of time; however, as you adopt healthier lifestyle choices, such as a well-rounded diet and a regular exercise routine, you should be able to stop the medication with help from your provider.
To qualify for semaglutide injections at Mirabile M.D., you must have a BMI of 27 or more. Our providers will not prescribe semaglutide for patients with the following conditions:
- Type 1 or 2 Diabetes
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Additionally, if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2, semaglutide injections will not be prescribed.
Are you interested in adding semaglutide injections to your weight loss efforts? Contact Mirabile M.D. today at 913-888-7546 to start your weight loss journey with our providers and see what our office can do for you!