On the Scales

Semaglutide

 

In June 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved semaglutide (Wegovy) injection (once weekly) for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol), for use in addition to a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity. This once weekly,  under-the-skin injection (subcutaneous) is the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014. The drug is indicated for chronic weight management in patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or greater who have at least one weight-related ailment or in patients with a BMI of 30 or greater.

 

Originally used for diabetes and sold under the name Ozempic, a higher dose of the same drug was evaluated for weight loss. The results were dramatic, with the average individual losing 15(+) % of their body weight during the clinic trial. Due to such overwhelming results, it has become cost-prohibitive via insurance (average co-pay of $947/mo) or GoodRx( lowest price is $1333). 

We prescribe Semaglutide through a compounding pharmacy for a fraction of the cost with the same results!

How it works: Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake; it is a powerful appetite suppressant. It also works by increasing the production of insulin and appears to enhance growth of β cells in the pancreas, which are the sites of insulin production. Additionally, it inhibits glucagon, which is a hormone that increases blood sugar. It has been known to aid not only in weight loss, but helps to lower glucose levels in those who are pre-diabetic or who have type 2 diabetes.

  • Delays stomach emptying, leading to a feeling of fullness and smaller meal size

  • Slows intestinal motility

  • Lowers blood sugars, in part by reducing the production of sugar in the liver

  • Stimulates insulin secretion by the pancreas

 

Semaglutide is started at a low dose which can be increased gradually to tolerate any GI symptoms.  It is common for patients to have great success with minimal side effects around 0.25 - 1 mg weekly.

What to Expect: For your initial visit, you schedule a consultation appointment. Upon arriving for your appointment, you will have a little paperwork to complete and then you will have your consultation. Based on the FDA recommendations for treating obesity,  we determine if semaglutide is a safe and good option for you. We carefully screen you by evaluating your past medical history, any current medications you take, your vital signs, and your body mass index (BMI).

 

: you have any of the following: diabetic retinopathy, low blood sugar, decreased kidney function, pancreatitis, medullary thyroid cancer (or a family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma), or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2.

 

Since the semaglutide injection does not help increase energy or boost metabolism, we recommend pairing it with  a vitamin b-12 injection and the AOD/ NAD sublingual that aids in melting visceral fat. 

Why lean on AOD?

AOD has become a real heavyweight among people looking to become both leaner and lighter. While many consider it a weight loss wonder, this peptide is actually a fragment of human growth hormone (HGH). It’s natural ability to stimulate the pituitary gland helps to speed up your metabolism, which helps you burn fat and boosts your calorie burn—all without increasing your hunger or blood sugar.

Weigh the many benefits of AOD 

Fat doesn’t stand a chance against this naturally powerful peptide, whose impressive fat-fighting abilities can provide the following benefits, such as:

  • Reduces body fat

  • Increases calorie burn

  • Triggers fat release>

  • Boosts your metabolism

  • Prevents non-fatty foods from turning into body fat

  • Doesn’t increase your appetite

  • No negative effects on blood sugar levels or tissue growth

  • May help with bone and cartilage repair

How AOD 9604 helps to tip the scales in your favor:

According to clinical studies, the remarkable power of AOD  is found in its ability to regulate your body’s metabolism. By stimulating the metabolism’s natural fat-burning process, it triggers the release of fat from obese fat cells, while also working to decrease the growth of new fat in the surrounding fat cells. This results in greater weight loss and less overall body fat, without any uncomfortable effects on your appetite or your blood sugar. Along with its recognized fat-burning qualities, additional studies have found that AOD may have a regenerative influence on bone and cartilage repair