Semaglutide for Chronic Weight Issues in Johns Creek
Are you looking to lose weight without extreme diets or crazy workout routines? Then Semaglutide is the answer for you! Semaglutide is the first and only once-weekly FDA approved injection for chronic weight management in obese or overweight adults with additional weight related conditions. This is a total game changer for those struggling with their weight, especially those who feel they’ve been spinning their wheels without much result- on average, the use of implementing Semaglutide into your routine results in an average of 12-15lbs lost per month! You heard that correctly- per month!
This once-weekly weight loss injection works by suppressing the appetite, leaving you feeling fuller for longer periods of time. It does this by delaying the emptying of the stomach, and increasing the production of insulin- a hormone that lowers the blood sugar level.
If you’re tired of “spinning your wheels” trying to lose weight with little to no results, then this is the shot for you!
What is Semaglutide?
It is a common misconception that weight loss is solely about willpower, as there are many factors that can contribute to excess weight or a high BMI, such as underlying health conditions, genetics, diet and environment.
Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist also called an incretin mimetic. Incretin hormones are gut hormone signals released by the small intestine that travel throughout the body, which signals the brain, endocrine system, and gastrointestinal system that food has been consumed and is ready to be metabolized for fuel. This results in a complex cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that work together to communicate feelings of satiety (or feeling full).
A clinical study from Yale Medicine show this GLP-1 receptor agonist, when paired with diet and exercise, can help the average adult shed 15% of their body weight.
Semaglutide injections can:
- Reduce appetite
- Slow gastric emptying, leaving you feeling fuller longer
- Regulate blood sugar
- Fight insulin resistance by stimulating insulin production
How does Semaglutide work?
Semaglutide is a GLP-1, which is a hormone naturally produced in the small intestine when you eat. It works by slowing gastric emptying or how quickly food moves throughout your digestive system while also telling your body you are full. But it does more than just influence satiety: It also plays an important role in the management of blood sugar levels and can help regulate blood sugar levels, especially in people living with impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes, or diabetes. This will help move sugar from the blood into other body tissues where it can be used for energy.
That said, it does not produce weight loss on its own: It must be used in combination with other tactics to support metabolic health and avoid weight regain. These changes may include modifications to what you eat, how and when you exercise, and other healthy lifestyle changes.
How to use Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is administered through a prefilled syringe subcutaneously (just under the skin) in your abdomen, upper arm, or thigh. Semaglutide injections are injected once a week without regard to meals, so it can be taken whenever is most convenient for you. This injection can be administered any time of day, but should be the same day each week. It is okay to change the day of the week you take your semaglutide as long as it has been at least 48 hours (two days) since your last dose.
Take semaglutide injections as directed. Please reach out to our office if you do not understand any part of the instructions prior to administration. Do not increase the amount or take more of it than prescribed. Your provider may increase your semaglutide injection dose after four weeks, after starting you on a relatively low dose. After another four weeks, your doctor might increase your dose based on your body’s response to the medicine.
Do not reuse needles and never share them. After you inject your dose, remove the needle straight away. Semaglutide can be injected into your upper arm, thigh, or stomach area, and the injection sites should be rotated. If you also take insulin, you may inject semaglutide and insulin in the same region, but you should avoid injecting them directly next to each other.
What if I miss a dose of Semaglutide?
In the case that you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible (up to five days after the missed dose). Next dose, take it at the regular weekly time. If you’ve missed more than five days, do not take your missed dose. Double or extra doses are not recommended. If you are uncertain about a missed dose, contact us for advice.
Where should I store my Semaglutide?
The medication should be stored in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit for a maximum for 56 days. Store your injections away from light and heat. As with all medications, Semaglutide should be kept away from children because they could ingest them or injure themselves.
How long is treatment and when will I see results?
Initial Semaglutide treatments occur over the course of 4 to 16 weeks. Throughout the course of the treatment, most patients will receive gradually increasing doses of Semaglutide as they continue to eat a reduced-calorie diet and follow a reasonable activity plan. At week 17, patients may then receive maintenance injections of 2.4 mg.
Weight loss plans will vary in length for each patient, depending on the amount of weight you want to lose and other health considerations. During your consultation, your weight loss specialist will determine an appropriate plan for you.
During Semaglutide treatment, patients gradually lose weight with an average of about 2% of their total body weight lost in the first four weeks of treatment. In most cases, patients will reach weight loss goals or 15% of initial body weight within a year of treatment and have better outcomes maintaining their new weight compared to those who do not take Semaglutide. During your consultation, your weight loss timeline can be explained further.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects that patients often report are mild stomach pain and nausea. The good news is that you can prevent, or at the very least, lessen these side effects by paying attention to what you eat.
Fried foods and fatty foods, such as fast food, and foods high in sugar tend to be the toughest for your body to digest and the most likely to cause nausea while taking a GLP-1 medication like Semaglutide.
Side effects include:
- Stomach ache
The most common side effect is nausea, and can be appropriately managed through gradual dosage increments and adjustments.
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