What Is Ozempic®?
Ozempic has become a popular and much-talked about prescription medication that can help diabetics as well as those looking to lose weight. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that Ozempic is FDA-approved to lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes and can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The active ingredient in the medication is semaglutide, which imitates the GLP-1 hormone that, in response to eating, is released in the gastrointestinal tract. By lowering A1C, a measurement of average blood glucose, Ozempic is capable of not only improving a patient’s health, but also giving them peace of mind. Although Ozempic was not primarily designed to serve as a weight loss drug, weight loss has become known as a common effect of the medication. With that in mind, many individuals have become interested in Ozempic for its possibilities as a supplemental tool for helping them lose weight.
At Coberly Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dana Coberly, MD, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for her patients and enhancing their physique. With a variety of proven and sought-after treatments, Dr. Coberly and her team are committed to providing patients with confidence and a comfortable experience on their weight loss journey.
What Are the Benefits of Ozempic®?
There are multiple medical benefits of Ozempic. The fat burning medication can control your appetite by slowing down food leaving the stomach and reducing cravings, which can result in weight loss. For those with type 2 diabetes, Ozempic can reduce blood sugar levels and the risk of cardiovascular events. When blood sugar is high, Ozempic can help the pancreas produce more insulin and help prevent the liver from making and releasing too much sugar.
Who Is a Candidate for Ozempic®?
Primary candidates for Ozempic are patients struggling with type 2 diabetes, as the medication addresses specific diabetic concerns. Since Ozempic is known to slow the movement of food through the stomach and curb appetites, it has been helpful for those not seeing positive body changes from a healthy diet and exercise.
According to Healthline, Ozempic may not be right for you if you:
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have kidney or pancreas problems
- Have damage to your eyes caused by diabetes
Dr. Coberly is happy to discuss candidacy during your initial consultation.
How is Ozempic® Administered?
Medication is injected into skin once per week, typically in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm. A new needle should be used for each new injection, while rotating the injection site each time.
Medical Weight Loss Program
At Coberly Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we offer a weight loss program that accommodates a variety of weight loss goals with medications and peptides, such as Ozempic. The process begins with a consultation with our board-certified nurse practitioner, where basic labs, medical history, and measurements are considered to create a baseline. Treatment plans are tailored to a patient’s individual needs and goals, and we will help guide you on your weight loss journey.
Our weight loss packages include multiple features, such as:
- Weekly check-in’s
- Monthly measurements
- Monthly goal settings
- Discount code for meal prep
For more information on Ozempic or our Medical Weight Loss Program, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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