Semaglutide for Medical Weight Loss

Likely by now you have heard about Semaglutide and its effective use for weight loss.  It has made the news quite a bit in the last 6 months as celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, Elon Musk, and Chelsea Handler have all talked publicly about their own use of Semaglutide to lose noticeable weight.   Jimmy Kimmel even brought it up as part of his opening act at the Oscars, insinuating how so many attending used it to look great for the event.

The landscape of medical weight loss is forever changing.  Until now, there have been few other effective drugs available to support the weight loss journey.   Phentermine and HCG are two of the most well-known, but each has its own limitations and drawbacks.  Semaglutide is gaining so much traction because of its ability to work more effectively for more people with less side effects.

Semaglutide is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists.  It was originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, but it has since been found to be effective in helping people lose weight.

The exact mechanism of how semaglutide works for weight loss is not fully understood, but it is believed to act on several different areas of the brain that control appetite and food intake.  Semaglutide works by mimicking  the action of GLP-1, a hormone that is naturally produced in the body in response to food intake.

GLP-1 stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas, which helps to lower blood sugar levels.  It also acts on the brain to reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness or satiety.  By mimicking the action of GLP-1, semaglutide can help to reduce appetite and food intake, leading to weight loss.

In clinical trials, semaglutide has been shown to be highly effective for significant weight loss.  In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2021, participants who took semaglutide lost an average of 15% of their body weight over 68 weeks, compared to those who received a placebo and lost an average of 2.4% of their body weight.

In the United States, semaglutide is currently FDA approved for use as a weight loss medication.  It is prescribed as a once-weekly injection.  Typically, patients begin at a dosage of 10 units per week.  Over time, that dosage may be increased to as much as 40 units per week.  At Xanadu Med Spa we are offering semaglutide at a price of only $60 for 10 units, with slight increases for each 10 unit increment thereafter.    Patients need to be seen by one of our qualified medical professionals to determine eligibility for the program.

It is important to note that like any medication, semaglutide can have side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.  It is also not recommended for use in individuals with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2.  As with any weight loss medication, it should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program for maximum effectiveness.