As the world’s first and only GLP-1 agonist medication for weight loss, semaglutide, a protein, is a very exciting new treatment option for people who want to lose weight. GLP-1 is short for Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, a hormone that helps to regulate food intake and blood glucose levels. GLP-1 is released by the intestines in response to a meal and signals the brain when you are full. It acts on receptors in the pancreas, which decreases insulin secretion and increases the release of glucagon, which lowers blood glucose levels. Semaglutide has a very similar chemical structure to GLP-1 and reduces appetite and increases metabolism and energy. Semaglutide may also make it easier for the body to use fat as fuel. This may help to improve weight loss by making people feel more energetic and less hungry.
Like GLP-1, Semaglutide prevents fat storage, improves glucose control, and helps the body to better absorb food, use insulin and reduce blood cholesterol levels. It also works by inhibiting the action of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite. Ghrelin aka the Hunger Hormone is produced by the stomach and is released when you are hungry. It has been found to be very similar to GLP-1, only it doesn’t help control blood glucose levels.
For the most part, ghrelin and GLP-1 are used together to regulate blood sugar levels. They operate in tandem to help control hunger so that you don t snack on junk food all day. When you eat, both hormones are released and secreted into the bloodstream. When your blood sugar levels drop, ghrelin is released to stimulate the release of GLP-1, which then goes in to help raise your blood glucose back up. The result: you are less hungry. While GLP-1 is a bit more complex, ghrelin can be credited for helping regulate hunger and keep you on track with your diet.
Semaglutide is an insulin secretagogue. Insulin secretagogue is a medicine that helps insulin to work more effectively in the body. It stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas, which improves glucose control. Semaglutide works by helping your body break down and use long-term stores of fat to produce the insulin it needs for proper blood sugar control.
Semaglutide is administered at home as a weekly injection. The average semaglutide injection weight loss program lasts six months. Nutritional supplements like a multivitamin or protein shakes are recommended since semaglutide can greatly reduce one’s food intake.
On average, people who take semaglutide lose 3 to 5 pounds in the first month and up to 10 pounds in the second. In clinical studies, people who took semaglutide lost an average of 5.2 pounds per month after six months.
The most commonly reported side effects of semaglutide are nausea, gas, burping, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. It is recommended that you take a fiber supplement and probiotics to avoid constipation and other potential GI side effects.
Semaglutide weight loss is a great option to promote weight loss. If you have tried dieting and exercising but haven’t gotten results, semaglutide can help you get the results that you want. Semaglutide is a great alternative for those who can’t tolerate or take appetite suppressants that may cause anxiety, palpitation, and elevated blood pressure. Give Taylor Medical Wellness Group a call today at 678-443-4000 to start your semaglutide weight loss program today!