Posted - May 22, 2023

Semaglutide GLP-1 Weight Loss Injectables: Wegovy and Saxenda + Explanation Video

medically assisted weight loss medications

Have you heard about weight loss injectables and wondered if they’re right for you? As obesity rates continue to climb, many people are seeking medical assistance to shed extra pounds. Nurse practitioner Chelsey Hinkle, who is board certified in obesity medicine, is here to shed some light on this topic. 

In this article, we’ll delve into the details of medically assisted weight loss and explore the benefits and risks of injectables. According to Hinkle, these injections are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason – they’ve helped many patients achieve their weight loss goals. Let’s take a closer look at how these injectables work and whether they might be a viable option for you.

Why do People Seek Out Medically Assisted Weight Loss?

Obesity is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is associated with an increased risk of several health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. 

For many people, losing weight is a significant challenge, and traditional weight loss methods such as diet and exercise may not be enough to achieve lasting results. 

One of the primary reasons people seek medically assisted weight loss is that they have tried and failed to lose weight on their own. This can be frustrating and disheartening, especially when one’s health is at risk. 

Medically assisted weight loss programs provide patients with the support and tools they need to lose weight safely and effectively. These programs typically involve a combination of dietary changes, exercise, and medications or other treatments, such as injectables or weight loss surgeries.

Understanding the Medication-Based Weight Loss Treatment Available to You

If you’ve been struggling with weight loss, you may have heard of two FDA-approved medications called Wegovy and Saxenda. These medications belong to a class of drugs called Semaglutide or GLP-1s, which have been shown to be effective in aiding weight loss. 

Although they were initially developed for diabetic patients, these medications have since been approved for non-diabetic individuals as well.

Semaglutide works in three primary ways to promote weight loss. Firstly, they delay gastric emptying, which means that food stays in the stomach for a longer period than it would otherwise. This results in a feeling of fullness, making it less likely for individuals to graze or snack as much as they used to. 

Secondly, these medications increase insulin secretion, which can prevent blood sugar spikes and decrease cravings for sweets throughout the day. 

Lastly, semaglutide prevents the liver from emptying stored glucose, which provides the body with a significant amount of energy.

When these three effects are combined, they can lead to significant weight loss for many individuals. While they were initially developed for diabetic patients, the use of semaglutide for weight loss has become more common in recent years. Both Wegovy and Saxenda have been shown to be safe for individuals without diabetes to take.

In Conclusion

It’s important to note that while semaglutide may aid in weight loss, they are not a miracle cure. Individuals who take these medications still need to make healthy lifestyle choices, such as engaging in regular exercise and following a healthy diet, to see long-term results. If you’re considering taking semaglutide for weight loss, it’s essential to talk to your healthcare provider to determine whether it’s the right choice for you.

At Paragon Health Partners, we’re dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals in a safe and monitored environment. We’ve seen significant results for those who have sought our assistance, and we’re committed to providing top-quality care to all of our patients. If you’re looking to lose weight and improve your health, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

If you would like to make an appointment with us, please feel free to contact us here or call us at 972-203-3600 to get started.  

If you’re not feeling ready to come in for an appointment or consultation you can visit our medically assisted weight loss page to learn more about how we can help you to get the most out of your health. 


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