Obesity in the United States is on the upscale graph. It affects four out of ten Americans, and it seems the rates are rising among various population groups. These ongoing increases in obesity rates indicate that a variety of societal, biological, genetic, and environmental factors, many of which are outside the control of the individual, contribute to the disease. The latest research finds that a diabetes medication, Semaglutide, can help with weight management and be the rescue.
1. Semaglutide – What Is It?
With the high trend and social media popularity, Semaglutide has probably by now entered your personal zeitgeist in some way. The name “Semaglutide” might seem a little unfamiliar to you, but Ozempic and Wegovy may ring a bell. These two drugs are Semaglutides and were intended and approved to treat type 2 diabetes. According to the trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Novo Nordisk drug appeared to help obese patients lose an average of 15 % of their body weight when combined with dietary and lifestyle changes.
2. How Does It Work?
Both Ozempic and Wegovy are self-injectable Semaglutides that stimulate insulin production and prevent too much glucose from entering the bloodstream. To put it another way, it, in its own way, controls blood sugar. It has a plethora of effects, including boosting pancreatic insulin production, delaying stomach emptying, and interacting with brain receptors that decrease appetite. As a result, satiety – a feeling of being full lasts much longer than it would normally. While many type 2 diabetics undoubtedly need this medication, there are a few unpleasant side effects as well, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, losing a few pounds is also one of those side effects, and for many consumers, it seems that the allure of drug-assisted weight loss is strong enough to overcome nausea and vomiting of it all.
3. So, What Is the Obstacle?
The newest weight-loss medications should not be hailed as the panacea for obesity. Why? Switching from this drug gained back the majority of the weight people had lost, as per reports! Even though Ozempic might help someone lose weight, in order to keep the weight off, the person would probably need to take the medication continuously. This is barely possible for anyone living a very norm life, considering its high cost. Even if one decides to stay on it for long, these people run the risk of going bankrupt unless they have “the celebrity money.”
The diet culture is pernicious and puts enormous pressure on people to lose weight. While some people still believe that being overweight is some sort of moral failing, the new wave of diabetes treatments may not be a cure-all for the problem. Although Semaglutides seems to have a promising future, it is worth noting that these medications should be used in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise.