What Is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is an injectable GLP-1 agonist (a substance that triggers the production of GLP-1) which can be administered to assist in weight loss.
While the name might not be familiar to you, you may recognize it used in Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus.
Semaglutide works by slowing down the process of food leaving your stomach – also known as gastric emptying – making you feel full sooner after eating and for longer too.
As a direct result of this, semaglutide has helped patients:
- Lose weight (15% – 20% in most cases)
- Decrease their waist size
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce inflammation
Semaglutide injections are also used to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and even death in heart disease and type 2 diabetes patients, although it is not a replacement for insulin.
Although Semaglutide was only approved in the USA in 2017, it’s fully FDA-approved as a weight loss aid when combined with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise.
What Is a GLP-1?
GLP-1 stands for Glucagon-Like Peptide-1, a naturally occurring hormone in the small intestine.
Semaglutide binds to and activates the GLP-1 hormone to stimulate insulin secretion, suppress glucagon secretion, and slow gastric emptying.
As a consequence, this causes blood sugar levels to drop.
This is why Semaglutide was first introduced as a drug for type-2 diabetes.
How Fast Can I Expect
To See Results With Semaglutide?
Although semaglutide injections are incredibly effective at helping Louisiana citizens lose weight when combined with exercise and healthy eating…
It’s important to remember that this is not an obesity quick-fix.
Blood sugar levels will begin to decline just one week after your first visit to the clinic for injections, but it can take 8 weeks or more to start seeing the full effects of semaglutide, with as much as 1-3 pounds of weight loss per week reported in many cases.
We always start with low doses and increase slowly to avoid unwanted side effects.
In some cases, it may take up to 16 weeks to reach full-strength semaglutide injections and experience the most notable results in your weight loss journey.
Results will always vary from patient to patient, and we suggest that you speak with a member of our clinic team about your unique circumstances.