Obesity is a significant public health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. Being overweight or obese is associated with many health complications, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. While diet and exercise are the cornerstone of weight management, they may not work for everyone. In these circumstances, weight loss medication can really help! Semaglutide is a medication that has recently been approved for weight loss.. Let’s explore what semaglutide is, how it works, and its effectiveness in weight loss.
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. GLP-1 is a hormone produced in the gut that helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin secretion and reducing glucagon secretion. GLP-1 receptor agonists like semaglutide work by mimicking the effects of GLP-1, leading to improved blood sugar control and reduced appetite.
Semaglutide was initially approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, in 2021, the FDA approved semaglutide as a treatment for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight and at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.
Is Semaglutide Ozempic or Wegovy?
Yes! Semaglutide is the generic version of these brand name drugs. While Ozempic and Wegovy cost between $1200 – $1600 per month, Semaglutide through Chill Cryotherapy costs much less ($249 – $499 per month!). You are getting the same weight loss medication, with the same efficacy and safety profile –just for much less money!
How Does Semaglutide Work?
Semaglutide works by activating GLP-1 receptors in the brain, leading to reduced appetite and feeling more full faster. It also slows the emptying of the stomach which also helps you feel full and satisfied with less food. Semaglutide also works by reducing glucose release from the liver, leading to improved blood sugar control!
How is Semaglutide dosed?
It is available in a once-weekly injection, and the dose is gradually increased over a period of several months to minimize side effects. We offer semaglutide injections in our locations OR we can ship directly to you!
Effectiveness of Semaglutide in Weight Loss
Several clinical trials have evaluated the effectiveness of semaglutide in weight loss. The STEP (Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with Obesity) program involved several clinical trials that assessed the efficacy of semaglutide in weight loss.
The STEP 1 trial included 1,961 obese adults with at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. The participants received either semaglutide or a placebo injection once weekly for 68 weeks. Results show that participants on semaglutide lost an average of 15.3% of their body weight, compared to 2.4% of participants on the placebo.
The STEP 2 trial involved 1,210 adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity. Participants received either semaglutide or a placebo injection once weekly for 68 weeks. Results show that participants who received semaglutide lost an average of 9.6% of their body weight, compared to 3.4% on the placebo.
The STEP 3 trial involved 611 overweight or obese adults with a history of cardiovascular disease. Participants received either semaglutide or a placebo injection once weekly for 68 weeks. Participants who received semaglutide lost an average of 7.9% of their body weight, compared to 2.3% for those who received the placebo.
These incredibly promising results led the FDA to approve semaglutide for weight loss in 2022.
Side Effects of Semaglutide
The most common side effects of semaglutide include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation. These side effects are usually mild to moderate and resolve on their own over time. More severe side effects like pancreatitis, gallbladder disease, and kidney damage are possible but very unlikely. We only offer semaglutide by prescription through our medical doctor,
At Chill Cryotherapy, we offer Semaglutide for weight loss – and our clients are LOVING it! You can receive your medication in person in one of our clinics – or we are happy to ship medication directly to you! We are open 7 days a week! Reach out and we are happy to discuss our semaglutide treatment options with you! We offer the LOWEST prices anywhere – for the same high quality, effective and very safe medication!