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Semaglutide is a weight loss medication that has been approved by the FDA. It works by mimicking a hormone in the body called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) which regulates appetite and food intake. This incretin hormone is released by the digestive tract after eating a meal, lowering blood sugar by triggering insulin release to block sugar production. This helps to suppress the appetite, making you feel full longer and helping you to eat less and lose weight.
The drug was initially approved in 2017 at a lower dose to help control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes patients, with weight loss as an additional benefit. After further studies using a higher amount of the medication in people without Type 2 diabetes, the FDA approved Semaglutide for weight loss in qualified adults.
To determine whether you are a good candidate for weight loss with Semaglutide injections, Dr. Meena will assess the severity of your concern. Adults can use Semaglutide with a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30, or if their BMI is 27 and they have at least one of the following weight-related conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or Type 2 diabetes.
However, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of Semaglutide. Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects are most common, especially after increasing the dose. Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, headache, fatigue, indigestion, dizziness, bloating, and burping. Keeping this is in mind Dr. Meena gets semaglutide injections compounded with nutraceuticals to help minimize the GI side effects.
Dr. Meena T. Malhotra, the founder of Heal n Cure in Glenview, is double board certified in obesity medicine and internal medicine. She is committed to healing disease at the root cause through an Integrative Functional Medicine approach. This principle mission is Dr. Meena’s guiding light toward a change in healthcare to a true path of wellness and vitality for each practice member. Dr. Meena expertly works with her patients to determine how and why illnesses occur and restore health by addressing the root causes for each individual. She uses her detailed knowledge of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to develop a personalized treatment plan for optimal outcomes.
Keeping this is in mind Dr. Meena gets semaglutide injections compounded with nutraceuticals to help minimize the GI side effects.
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