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Clinical Weight Loss Medication – Semaglutide
Ideal Wellness NW now offers the clinical weight loss medication, Semaglutide to qualified clients.
The search for effective and safe weight loss treatment seems never-ending. But the newest anti-obesity medication, semaglutide, is still making waves more than a year after its 2021 approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The injectable drug, initially only used as diabetes medication, is the first drug since Saxenda (2014) approved to treat chronic weight management in the 70% of American adults who are obese or overweight. Research continues to show the effectiveness of semaglutide injections for weight loss. It also highlights the value of treating obesity as a chronic metabolic disease instead of expecting people to rely solely on willpower and lifestyle changes to manage their condition. But semaglutide is not a miracle drug. And it’s not for everyone.
Semaglutide interacts with the parts of the brain that suppress your appetite and signal you to feel full. When used in conjunction with diet and exercise, it can cause significant weight loss — and a reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease — in people who are obese or overweight.
Who should (and should not) take semaglutide for weight loss?
The FDA recommends Semaglutide for weight loss if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 27kg/m2 or greater and at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol
- Have a BMI of 30kg/m2 or greater
Avoid semaglutide if you have:
- History of medullary thyroid cancer
- History of gallbladder disease
- History of pancreatitis
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN2)
If you’re considering semaglutide for weight loss, your first step should be consulting your primary care physician (PCP). They know your personal and family medical history and can guide you in the best treatment for your condition. If you have diabetes and already take a different medication, talk to your physician about acceptable (and safe) combinations of diabetes medication.
At Ideal Wellness NW, we require a virtual consultation with one of our providers, weekly coaching, proper vitamin supplementation, weekly body composition testing, and proper protein intake to participate in our program. Our goal is to use Semaglutide as an assistant to proper education, diet and exercise and not as a long term medication.