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In June 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Semaglutide for weight loss. Since its approval, thousands of people have seen amazing results with the use of this promising new weight loss drug and now, it is your turn. Balance Wellspace, in Roanoke, Virginia, is excited to offer a Semaglutide program known for producing these amazing weight loss results with minimal side effects to those struggling with weight loss.

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What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide may sound familiar because it is the active ingredient in medications used to treat Type 2 Diabetes. In 2017, Ozempic, an injectable medication with the main ingredient of Semaglutide, was approved by the FDA for treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. It was followed in 2019 by the approval of Rybelus, an oral pill with the main ingredient of Semaglutide for Type 2 Diabetes.
People noticed that while Ozempic and Rybelus increased insulin production to lower blood sugar levels, it had another unexpected side effect – weight loss. In 2021, this revolutionary weight loss medication gained FDA approval and has since helped thousands of people lose weight.

Weight Loss Results with Semaglutide: Balance Wellspace Study Group

A common question many have asked is “just how much weight have people lost with the use of Semaglutide?” Clinical studies have shown that many people are able to lose between 12% to 20% of their starting weight with the use of Semaglutide.
Before any program is brought into our practice, our philosophy is to enlist a core group of participants to understand programs more comprehensively – from how the program should work, and to also learn and address any of the potential glitches that could arise that could impede weight loss or contribute to unnecessary side-effects.
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Balance Wellspace put together an introductory group of weight loss participants consisting of 8 people with a desire to lose weight. Over an 8-week period, a combined total loss of 152 lbs. was achieved with weight loss ranging between 12 and 28 lbs. with best of all, minimal side-effects. One participant hit their goal weight and has officially completed the program (no longer taking Semaglutide), while seven others have continued with the program to lose additional weight. So far so great. We will provide ongoing updates on our social pages!

How Does Semaglutide Work for Weight Loss?

Semaglutide is a peptide 1 agnostic (or GLP-1 agonist). GLP-1 is a natural hormone that is produced by the gastrointestinal system to help with insulin production by stimulating the pancreas, BUT it can also help signal to the brain a feeling of fullness.
Semaglutide is designed to mimic the natural hormone of GLP-1. When Semaglutide is injected, the body reacts to it as if it naturally produced the GLP-1. For weight loss, the drug slows the emptying of the stomach by binding to the receptors located in the lining of the stomach – which sends a signal of fullness to the brain. This helps reduce your food intake and decreases your appetite, two necessary components for weight loss.
You can see dramatic weight loss results with the use of Semaglutide by combining two key factors together for optimal results: insulin production (which encourages the body to break down foods and fats more efficiently) with the feeling of fullness (that comes from the slower emptying of the stomach).

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?

Considering that Semaglutide works directly with the gastrointestinal system, it is no surprise that the most common side effects are gastrointestinal in nature. Some of the most common side effects experienced by those who use Semaglutide for weight loss include:
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Even though there are some side effects with the use of Semaglutide, it is still extremely safe to use for weight loss. In fact, it has fewer side effects than other weight loss medications available on the market. Many of these side-effects can be avoided through lifestyle modifications and communication with the medical provider to ensure appropriate strength of the medication is used. There are also several over-the-counter and anti-nausea medications available to assist if you were to experience side-effects with the medication. Our weekly monitoring with slow increases of dosage also helps control side effects. If you experience side effects, your provider at Balance Wellspace can adjust the dosing as needed.

Who is a Good Candidate for Use of Semaglutide for Weight Loss?

Semaglutide for weight loss is intended for use by individuals who are diagnosed as obese or overweight or have a medical diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. A diagnosis of obesity is generally made with a BMI of greater than 30 while an overweight diagnosis is made with a BMI of greater than 25
While Semaglutide is safe to use, it is not intended for use if you have any of the following:
  • 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
  • Currently pregnant
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the use of Semaglutide for weight loss is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Balance Wellspace.
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