Dr. Kelly Roan understands that people are always seeking ways to manage their weight more effectively. When a new product hits the market, people often ask Dr. Kelly Roan whether or not they should consider implementing it into their routine. Today, Dr. Kelly Roan will look at a new treatment called Semaglutide, which has recently gained some steam in the dieting industry.
Dr. Kelly Roan wants everyone to understand that they should speak to their doctor about Semaglutide. Only one’s physician should determine whether or not a person is a good candidate for Semaglutide.
As with most weight loss treatments, Dr. Kelly Roan notes that Semaglutide does not work effectively. In other words, Semaglutide works best when it is used in conjunction with additional weight loss efforts like a low-calorie diet, exercise, and getting enough sleep. What people have found is that Semaglutide treatments in conjunction with these efforts can indeed help a person shed excess weight. A Semaglutide injection is often a viable alternative for people considering undergoing bariatric surgery. This far less invasive injection can help a person achieve similar results without needing to put themselves through surgery.
For those new to Semaglutide, Dr. Kelly Roan notes that it can also be referred to as Ozempic or Wegovy. As is the case with many other drugs, Semaglutide was not originally developed to help with weight loss. Its original design was to serve as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. However, patients taking it to increase their insulin secretion were noticing that the injection significantly reduced their hunger cravings and appetite. Because people were no longer snacking and eating less when they sat down for a meal, they slowly started to see significant weight loss. The pharmaceutical company behind Semaglutide then took this information and began researching whether the drug would be a viable solution for those looking to lose weight.
The United States Food and Drug Administration approved Semaglutide as a weight loss treatment two years ago. Doctors then began to prescribe the drug treatment for adults soon after. Without getting too technical, Semaglutide helps people lose weight because it mimics the GLP-1 protein made by the body in the intestine. This GLP-1 protein produces a signal to the brain that the body is no longer hungry. With a weekly injection, people can enjoy the sensation of feeling satisfied after smaller meals every day.
As with nearly any weight loss drug, some people suffer nausea after their first injection. The body often needs time to adjust. When people who have undergone Semaglutide injections try to eat as much as they usually would, they will typically feel ill. Dr. Kelly Roan recommends that anyone who turns to Semaglutide injections utilizes smaller plates and commits to making their calories count. This means a protein, a grain, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Kelly Roan believes Semaglutide is a treatment that can be extremely important to the health of people with a body mass index of 27kg or higher. Carrying this much excess weight often means that a person is dealing with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a combination of them all. Semaglutide is not a treatment that people looking to lose a pound or two should consider. Before prescribing Semaglutide as a treatment, Dr. Kelly Roan believes a patient should expect to have quite a bit of bloodwork done to determine the safety of the treatment for the individual. Once approved, the impact of the injections can begin making a difference in a minimal amount of time. Dr. Kelly Roan encourages anyone looking to lose a significant amount of weight talks to their doctor about the possibility of exploring weekly Semaglutide injections.