I'm Overweight: Is Semaglutide Right for Me?

Mar 12, 2024
I'm Overweight: Is Semaglutide Right for Me?
If you struggle to lose weight, semaglutide, a prescription medicine that lowers blood sugar levels while reducing your appetite,  can help. Find out if this popular weight loss medication can help you achieve your goals. 

Losing weight is hard. It may be even harder if you have mobility issues or underlying health concerns. Many people don’t find the results they want with traditional diet and exercise. If that sounds like you, you may be ready for another approach. 

At Brilliant Beauty in San Pedro, California, our expert team consults with you about your weight loss goals, current health, and medical history. If you’re overweight and struggle with weight loss, semaglutide could be the solution.

What is semaglutide?

Sold under the brand names Ozempic®, Wegovy®, and Rybelsus®, semaglutide mirrors a naturally occurring hormone that curbs the appetite. 

In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved semaglutide for adults with type 2 diabetes as it helps lower blood sugar. In recent years, clinical trials have shown that semaglutide helps people lose weight, too.

As obesity rates soar, it’s important to help people get the help they need to lose weight and keep it off. It’s no secret that being overweight often leads to chronic health concerns like heart problems, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. 

Is semaglutide right for you?

Before taking any weight loss medication, including semaglutide, Dr. Naveed Riaz evaluates your current health, medical history, weight loss goals, and the risks and benefits.

A 2022 study shows that approximately half of participants lost nearly 24.2% of their body weight during the trial. Additionally, all participants met their goal of losing 5% of their body weight. The FDA says this 5% guideline positively impacts people’s health.

For example, such weight loss in overweight patients can reduce the risk of heart problems, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

When you combine semaglutide with a healthy diet and an increase in physical activity, it can be effective in helping you lose weight. 

What are the risks of semaglutide?

As with any treatment, semaglutide does carry risks. The most common side effects include vomiting, vomiting, and constipation. However, it can also lead to kidney problems, pancreatitis, and other serious health issues

Dr. Riaz can offer guidance based on your health and medical history.

What to expect with semaglutide treatments? 

If we decide semaglutide could benefit you after our evaluation, you can expect a schedule of injections. Injections allow the medication to reach your bloodstream immediately for quick absorption. That way, you get the fastest benefits.

We monitor your progress and can adjust the treatment as needed. 

If you’re in the San Pedro, California, area and wonder if semaglutide can help you meet your weight loss goals, the Brilliant Beauty team can help. You can schedule your appointment online here