Do They Help You Lose Weight? What Are the Potential Side Effects?
In many circles, they’ve been billed as a wonder drug—they’re called semaglutides. Sold under a variety of brand names (Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus, among others), they are typically prescribed for treatment of type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes. A number of studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of semaglutides in weight loss and management.
Are Semaglutides Effective in Losing and Managing Weight?
There is evidence that semaglutides may significantly contribute to weight loss and management, as well as other health benefits. In a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a clinical trial through the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) found that almost half of all participants lost 15% or more of their body weight and more than a third shed more than 20% of their weight from the beginning of the study. The participants in that study were injected with one milligram of the semaglutide once a week. Researchers believe that higher dosages of semaglutides (up to 2.4 milligrams per week) could also reduce the likelihood of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.
What Are the Potential Side-Effects of Semaglutides?
As with most things, there are costs and benefits to the use of semaglutides. At present, the potential detrimental health consequences/side effects related to the use of semaglutides seem to clearly outweigh the benefits. Those negative health issues include:
- A significant risk of tumors on your thyroid gland, as well as the development of medullary thyroid carcinoma, a type of thyroid cancer—this risk is greatly increased if you have a family history of any type of gland tumor or cancer
- Severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Retinopathy, or damage to your retina (there’s a greater risk if you have a heart condition)
- Kidney problems
- Allergic reactions
At Metro Weight Loss, we view the use of semaglutides as a fad that fails to address the real issues behind weight loss and management. We understand that true and effective weight loss involves a lifestyle change. We’ll be there to help you stay focused.
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