Singing River Weight Loss Center offers a full range of weight loss solutions, including non-surgical medical weight loss options.
Semaglutide Weight Loss Injections
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide (brand names: Wegovy, Ozempic) is a drug developed to lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke in type two diabetes patients. After seeing its positive effects in this population and its common assistance in weight loss, Semaglutide received official approval in 2021 to be used in patients who might be struggling to lose weight.
How effective is Semaglutide with weight loss?
It has been proven to be extremely effective in weight loss. Most people who took Semaglutide lost 15-20% of their total body weight. Studies have demonstrated that Semaglutide reduced appetite, improved control of eating, and reduced food cravings in addition to improved glycemic control. The greatest weight loss benefits were observed when Semaglutide is used in combination with lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and consistent exercise.
Who Qualifies for the Program?
Patients will likely qualify for our Semaglutide weight loss program if one of the two following criteria are met:
BMI greater than 26.9 with an obesity related co-morbid condition (examples: elevated blood pressure, pre-diabetes, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, reflux, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis)
BMI greater than 29.9 with or without an obesity related co-morbid condition.
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How is the Treatment Administered?
Semaglutide is self-administered as a subcutaneous injection (shot) once weekly. This medication is generally well-tolerated and it can be taken long-term.
How Does it Work?
Semaglutide mimics a hormone produced in the small intestine that increases the sensitivity to the insulin your body produces, decreasing the amount of hunger hormone your body makes. It also acts on the “reward-centers” in your brain to suppress appetite. Reduced hunger in combination with lifestyle modifications including healthier food choices, healthier meal intervals, and increased exercise have been proven to result in weight loss–even in individuals who have previously struggled to lose weight using other weight loss approaches or trend diets.
Will my insurance cover Semaglutide or other medication for weight loss?
This depends on your insurance coverage and what medication you are placed on. We will go over all of that with you at your first visit. There are cheaper (generic) weight loss medications and cash pay options available for patients without insurance or who have limited insurance coverage.
Can I be in the surgery program and be on weight loss medication?
YES! You can take weight loss medication prior to and even after surgery if your providers think it
How much weight can I expect to lose on Semaglutide or other weight loss medication?
Studies have shown that the average person lost around 10-20% of their bodyweight with the use of Semaglutide. For example, a patient weighing 250 lbs can expect to lose around 25-50 lbs.
Learn more about Semaglutide on Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast
Diabetes medication for weight loss? You may have heard of the latest in-demand weight loss trend: Semaglutide, sold under brand names Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus. What is it? Does it work? How do you get it? Join us as we discuss this emerging weight loss medication with Maggie Duke and Anna Kahlmus of Singing River Weight Loss Center.