What Is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications known as the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, more commonly known as GLP-1 RAs. GLP medications have been used since 2005 to treat Type 2 diabetes. Ongoing improvements in formulation and thousands of studies and research have led us to 2024, where this class of medication is now available to assist in weight loss, whether in conjunction with a diabetes diagnosis or without.
How Does Semaglutide Work?
Semaglutide mimics the GLP-1 hormone, which is released in the gut in response to a meal. One role of the GLP-1 is to prompt the body to produce more insulin, which reduces blood sugar (glucose). In higher amounts, GLP-1 has proven highly effective in not only reducing appetite, but also in signaling the body to feel full. In thousands of studies conducted over the past few decades, it has been proven that semaglutide is able to affect the hypothalamus, where appetite control circuits are found.
When semaglutide is used in conjunction with diet and exercise, it can contribute to significant weight loss – and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and associated disorders related to obesity.
Are There Side Effects to Semaglutide?
Like any medication, there are always possible side effects. You may experience none at all, or you may experience several. This class of medications is often started at a low dose and increased slowly to avoid gastric upset, which is the most commonly reported issue.
How Do I Know If Semaglutide is Right for Me?
We have had great success at OM Medispa with semaglutide, utilizing various types of GLP-1 over the past 15 years. To find out if you are a candidate, please schedule an in-office appointment with Dr. Susarla. We will review your health profile and current medications, discuss your goals, and make sure you have all the information necessary to make an informed decision.