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Frequently asked questions

How does the program work?

Rapid weight loss is difficult. No matter what diet or exercise plan you follow, the pounds seem to creep back on. 

 

Our weight loss program is different; it combines a special diet, medial exercise, and personalized prescriptions by our board-certified physicians.

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide (brand name Ozempic) is a medication used to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, but studies suggest that it may also help people without diabetes lose weight. A new clinical trial suggests that semaglutide can treat obesity in adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 mg/kg² alone or 27 mg/kg². With Semaglutide (Brand name Ozempic), you can control your post meal blood sugar levels. This injectable medication belongs to a class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists which are designed to mimic the hormone GLP-1 in your body and help reduce after meal glucose levels.

What is hormone GLP-1?

GLP-1 has a positive effect on the regulation of blood sugar by stimulating glucose-dependent insulin secretion. Insulin is a hormone that promotes sugar uptake by the cells and storage as glycogen, promotes the building of fat, and signals to build muscle. In addition, GLP-1 inhibits glucagon release (which slows down the release of sugar into the blood so that you burn more fat), slows down gastric emptying (makes you feel full), and lowers the desire for food intake (because you feel full).

HOw does Semaglutide help with weight loss?

In your gut, cells produce a hormone called GLP-1. It is released into the bloodstream about half an hour after you eat. Then GLP-1 triggers the release of insulin while limiting the release of glucagon. This increases your blood sugar level so it doesn't fall too low after eating.

 

GLP-1 agonists like Semaglutide help to control your blood sugar by slowing down how fast your stomach empties food (called gastric emptying). 

And in addition to causing your pancreas to release insulin, Semaglutide also blocks a hormone that causes your liver to release sugar (glucagon). Together, these functions can help you feel less hungry, causing you to eat less food and lose more weight. Conditions like chronic weight gain, obesity, and diabetes affect how the body regulates blood sugar and responds to insulin. For people struggling with these conditions, Semaglutide is a helpful tool to regulate weight loss. 

Can Semaglutide suppress my appetite?

Yes, it is believed that Semaglutide can help curb your appetite. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is an in-cretin hormone that plays a role in how your appetite is regulated.

Is Semaglutide a type of insulin?

The answer is "No." Semaglutide does not replace insulin in the treatment of diabetes. Instead, it stimulates your pancreas to release its own insulin. Because Semaglutide depends upon your body's own insulin to have this effect, Semaglutide isn't used when your pancreas can't make insulin, such as in patients with type 1 diabetes.

How soon after I start using Semaglutide will I see weight loss effects?

Dosing with Semaglutide can be thought of in two phases. In the first phase, you will slowly work your way up to the target dose at which time you will see the most amount of weight loss. This was the case in the clinical trials, where participants had their dose adjusted until they reached 2.4 mg once weekly. In the phase 3 trial that measured outcomes at 20 weeks, most participants were able to reach the full dose and also lost weight as their dose was increased. They saw additional weight loss over the remaining 48 weeks at the full dose. It is important to keep in mind that weight loss can take time, and you’ll see the best results when you are using your medication in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.

Is Semaglutide Safe?

Semaglutide is considered to be safe and effective when used as indicated. Always tell your doctor about any extra risk factors you have, such as a family history of certain cancers, or if you currently have pancreatitis. Semaglutide should be used cautiously for people on other blood sugar lowering medications.

What are the Potential Side effects of Semaglutide?

Listed below are potential side effects of Semaglutide. 

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Constipation

  • Heartburn and Indigestion

It is important to discuss with your provider the above aforementioned side effects and risks to ensure that you are fully informed about your Semaglutide care plan. 

Will my insurance be able to cover it?

We recognize that some individuals have insurance and some do not. We strive to provide all patients with the same options, because we believe this to be fair. As such, we are not accepting insurance for this care plan.