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What Is a GLP-1?

GLP-1 stands for glucagon-like peptide-1. It’s a natural hormone produced in the gut after eating.

It has several important functions in the body, including:

  • Stimulating insulin secretion: Insulin helps the body use glucose for energy.
  • Suppressing glucagon secretion: Glucagon raises blood sugar levels.
  • Slowing down stomach emptying: This helps you feel full longer.
  • Reducing appetite: This can lead to weight loss.

GLP-1 is also available as a medication. Commonly known as semaglutide, GLP-1 agonists are a class of medications that mimic the effects of GLP-1. They are used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Here are some of the benefits of GLP-1 agonists:

  • Lower blood sugar levels: GLP-1 agonists can help to lower blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin secretion and suppressing glucagon secretion.
  • Promote weight loss: GLP-1 agonists can help you feel full longer and reduce your appetite, which can lead to weight loss.
  • Improve heart health: GLP-1 agonists may help to improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Reduce the risk of complications: GLP-1 agonists may help to reduce the risk of complications of type 2 diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.

Here are some of the potential side effects of GLP-1 agonists:

It is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of GLP-1 agonists before starting treatment.

Here are some additional resources on GLP-1:

National Institutes of Health:
American Diabetes Association:
Mayo Clinic:
Innova Technologies: