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I’m Ready to Discover Why Semaglutide Is So Popular

Apr 04, 2024
I’m Ready to Discover Why Semaglutide Is So Popular

I’m Ready to Discover Why Semaglutide Is So Popular

If you’ve been trying to lose weight — or even if you haven’t — there’s little doubt you’ve at least heard about semaglutide, the diabetes-turned-weight-loss medication that’s been the subject of so many positive news reports and studies. 

Sold under the brand names Ozempic®, Rybelsus®, and Wegovy®, semaglutide possesses some important qualities that make it especially effective in helping people lose weight when used alongside a healthy lifestyle. In a nutshell, its promise as an effective weight-loss agent is what’s responsible for semglutide’s meteoric rise to fame.

At STL Medical Weight Loss, Joseph Moleski, DO, and Margaurette Walsh, PA-C, are keenly aware of the challenges associated with successful weight loss, which is why they offer the most advanced weight-loss solutions — including semaglutide injections. In this post, learn how semaglutide works so you can decide if it might be a good choice for helping you achieve your goals.

Semaglutide and weight loss: How it works

Semaglutide belongs to a group of drugs called GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1) agonists, a drug designed to treat diabetes by improving blood sugar control. GLP-1 agonists mimic the effects of a hormone that stimulates insulin production after eating, helping your body lower blood sugar levels.

Managing blood sugar is important for managing diabetes and preventing its complications. It can also help improve metabolism and prevent weight gain. 

While researchers aren’t sure exactly how GLP-1 agonists aid in weight loss, they do know these medications also slow digestion, helping you feel full longer so you wind up eating less. These effects combine to help some people lose much more weight than they can with dieting and exercise alone. 

What to expect during treatment

Certainly, faster, more effective weight loss is the biggest reason why semaglutide is so popular among women and men trying — or struggling — to lose weight. But it’s also popular because it works quickly and it’s convenient: You can administer the medication right in your own home via telehealth visits.

You connect with our team for your visit using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Your provider guides you through the injection process using a simple autoinjector, administering the medication to your arm, thigh, or belly. Injection sites are rotated to avoid irritation.

You’ll start with a low dose of medication and increase the dose as your body becomes accustomed to it. Your therapy will be tailored to your health needs and goals for optimal benefits. 

Losing weight offers significant health benefits, like feeling better and having more energy and confidence. It also reduces the risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. If you’re at risk for weight-related medical issues like these, semaglutide could help you improve your overall health as well as your weight.

Learn more about semaglutide

If you’re overweight or obese, losing those extra pounds can significantly benefit your physical health and emotional wellness. To find out if semaglutide is a good choice for your weight-loss journey, call or book an appointment online with STL Medical Weight Loss at our locations in Chesterfield, Missouri, or North Dallas, Texas, today.