How Semaglutide is Helping Patients Lose Weight
Semaglutide is a prescription medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. It is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, which means that it mimics the effects of the GLP-1 hormone. GLP-1 is a hormone that is released by the intestines after eating. It has a number of effects on the body, including:
- Reducing appetite
- Slowing down gastric emptying (the emptying of the stomach)
- Increasing insulin production
- Reducing glucagon production (glucagon is a hormone that raises blood sugar levels)
Semaglutide works by activating the GLP-1 receptor on cells throughout the body, including in the pancreas, brain, and liver. This activation leads to a number of effects that promote weight loss, including reduced food intake, increased satiety (feeling of fullness), reduced fat absorption, and increased energy expenditure. Semaglutide has been shown to be very effective for weight loss. In clinical trials, people who took semaglutide lost an average of 15% of their body weight over 68 weeks. This is significantly more weight loss than what is typically seen with other weight loss medications.
Semaglutide is also relatively safe and well-tolerated. The most common side effects are mild and go away on their own. These side effects can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, and headache. Semaglutide is a promising new medication for the treatment of obesity. It is effective for weight loss and has a relatively good safety profile. However, it is important to note that semaglutide is a prescription medication and should only be used under the supervision of a doctor.