If weight loss were easy, everyone would have a perfect figure. In reality, shedding excess pounds is tricky. And for many people struggling with weight management, diet and exercise may not be enough.
Fortunately, there’s a new weapon in the weight loss battle, and you don’t need surgery to benefit. Instead, it’s an under-the-skin injection that helps the body produce more insulin — semaglutide.
Semaglutide isn’t new. It’s helped people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar for over 15 years. However, while semaglutide was intended originally for blood sugar management, researchers soon discovered it also aids weight loss.
At Voss Family Clinic in Sugar Land, Texas, we know firsthand how hard it is to lose weight. That’s why our expert team uses semaglutide to provide the additional support our patients need to achieve weight loss success.
When using this medication as part of our comprehensive weight management strategies, people struggling to drop those unwanted pounds might finally reach their goal weight.
In this post, we explain semaglutide, how it helps with weight loss, and when to consider this treatment option.
Semaglutide is in a specific class of drugs: Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). Basically, GLP-1 is a hormone produced in your gut. Its job is to tell the pancreas to make the insulin needed to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range.
Semaglutide’s active ingredient acts just like this hormone, triggering your body to release insulin. As a result, the medication is highly effective at balancing blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
However, GLP-1 performs multiple functions, including supporting weight management.
Like many hormones in your body, GLP-1 has several jobs — and increasing insulin levels is just the beginning. It also helps control your appetite and slow down digestion. These two functions play a crucial role in weight management.
Semaglutide uses this GLP-1-mimicking hormone to signal the part of the brain that controls appetite and thirst. This message reduces the desire to eat, making it easier to follow a balanced diet and lose weight.
This innovative medication also sends signals to the stomach, telling it to slow down digestion. In response, you feel full sooner when you eat, and you feel fuller longer.
The FDA approved semaglutide to treat adults struggling with obesity. It’s also approved for those who are overweight and in need of long-term weight management.
Medical classifications consider a body mass index (BMI) over 25 as overweight and over 30 as obese. FDA guidelines recommend semaglutide use for those with a BMI of 27 or higher.
Semaglutide is administered as a weekly injection. To avoid gastrointestinal side effects, we start out at a low dose. Then, we gradually increase the dosage over 16-20 weeks until we reach the target dose of 2.4 milligrams.
Research shows semaglutide can help individuals lose approximately 15% of their body weight. For example, if you weigh 220 pounds, you could lose up to 33 pounds with this medication.
However, for the best results, our team uses semaglutide in combination with a balanced eating plan and regular physical activity.
If you’re overweight or obese and struggling to reach your weight goals, our team can determine if semaglutide could work for you. We can discuss this weight loss injection and other strategies to help you reach your healthy weight once and for all.
Call the Voss Family Clinic office at 281-918-8759 or book an appointment online today.