What's all the rage about Wegovy?
Updated: Feb 1
What is Wegovy?
Wegovy is the brand name for Semaglutide which is a new FDA-approved injection for weight loss. When it is combined with a nutritional diet and exercise program, it helps people lose weight faster.
Ozempic is another semaglutide medication that is helped to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
How does Wegovy work for weight loss?
Semaglutide works by mirroring the effects of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). When you eat, this hormone is released in the gut, which tells your brain that you are getting full. It can also slow the movement of food through your stomach and small intestine, helping you stay fuller for longer. As a result, you may eat less food, which can lead to weight loss.
GLP-1 also activates the release of insulin, which reduces your blood sugar and helps your cells use up the glucose from the food you have eaten. Any unused glucose gets stored as fat which is why high blood sugar often leads to weight gain.
How much weight can you lose with Wegovy injections?
Studies were done on adult patients without diabetes. The average age of patients in the study was 46 years, and 74 percent of the patients were female. The average body weight at the beginning of the study was 231 pounds. Overall, the patients who took Wegovy lost 12.4 percent of their original body weight compared to those who took the placebo.
Are there side effects?
As with any medication, there are side effects and risks. Please contact the medical professionals at Just Lose Weight MD to see if this new weight loss injection would work for you!