You may recognize Semaglutide as the active ingredient in medications used to treat Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to its blood sugar-lowering effects, people also observed that these medications had an unexpected side effect of promoting weight loss. This led to the FDA's approval of Semaglutide as a weight loss medication in 2021, which has already helped thousands of people shed unwanted pounds.
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Weight Loss Results with Semaglutide: Balance Wellspace Study Group
It's important to note that weight loss results may vary from person to person, and not everyone will experience the same level of weight loss with Semaglutide. Additionally, it's important to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen in conjunction with Semaglutide use to achieve optimal weight loss results.
At Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine, we prioritize the safety and effectiveness of all programs and treatments that we offer. Before implementing any program, we thoroughly evaluate it and test it with a core group of participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the program should work and to identify and address any potential issues that could impede weight loss or cause side effects. Our goal is to provide our patients with the best possible outcomes and to help them achieve their weight loss goals in a safe and healthy manner.
Eight individuals with a desire to lose weight participated in an introductory program organized by Balance Wellspace. Over the course of eight weeks, they collectively lost 152 lbs., with individual weight loss ranging from 12 to 28 lbs. The program had minimal side effects, and one participant successfully reached their goal weight and is no longer taking Semaglutide. The other seven participants continue with the program to achieve further weight loss. Ongoing updates will be provided on social media.
How Does Semaglutide Work for Weight Loss?
Semaglutide is a GLP-1 agonist, meaning it mimics a natural hormone called GLP-1 that is produced by the gastrointestinal system to stimulate insulin production and signal a feeling of fullness to the brain. By injecting Semaglutide, the body responds as if it produced GLP-1, which slows down stomach emptying by binding to receptors in the stomach lining and sending signals of fullness to the brain. This results in reduced food intake and decreased appetite, two crucial components for weight loss. Optimal weight loss results can be achieved with Semaglutide by combining insulin production with the feeling of fullness.
How is Semaglutide Administered for Weight Loss?
Semaglutide can only be administered as an injection for weight loss or weight management. Semaglutide for weight loss is available in several doses starting at 0.25 mg up to 2.4 mg doses. The strength of the medication is increased slowly through the duration of your weight loss program while the strength is monitored by our medical provider on a weekly basis which thus allows our provider to adjust your Semaglutide dose tailored to meet your unique needs, ultimately helping you receive optimum results.
Are There Side Effects from Using Semaglutide for Weight Loss?
Some of the most common gastrointestinal side effects experienced by those who use Semaglutide for weight loss include:
It's important to note that not everyone experiences these side effects and they may vary in severity. It's also important to talk to a healthcare provider if you experience any concerning side effects while using Semaglutide.
It's important to note that while Semaglutide may have fewer side effects than other weight loss medications, it is still important to use it under the supervision of a medical professional. Proper communication and monitoring with your provider can help identify any potential side effects and make adjustments to dosage or lifestyle modifications as needed. There are also over-the-counter and anti-nausea medications available to assist with any side effects that may occur. Balance Wellspace offers weekly monitoring and slow increases of dosage to help control side effects and ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medication.
Who is a Good Candidate for Use of Semaglutide for Weight Loss?
Semaglutide is meant to be used by individuals who have been diagnosed with obesity or overweight, or have medical conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. Obesity is usually diagnosed with a BMI of greater than 30, while overweight is diagnosed with a BMI of greater than 25. However, Semaglutide is not recommended for use if you have any of the following conditions:
Family history of Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC) - a rare form of thyroid cancer
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 2
Known allergy to Semaglutide
Currently breastfeeding or have a plan to breastfeed
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the use of Semaglutide for weight loss is to schedule a consultation with Balance Wellspace Christiansburg.