Ozempic Weight Loss Injections in Victorville CA
Although exercise and diet can help you lose weight, maintaining that weight loss can prove difficult. It is thankfully possible to find medications, such as Ozempic, that can help. Talk to Dr. Shima Hadidchi MD, about whether Ozempic injections for weight loss are right for you. Contact us now or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 12740 Hesperia Rd. Victorville, CA 92395.
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What is Ozempic?
How do Ozempic injections work?
What are the benefits of Ozempic injections?
Who qualifies for Ozempic injections for weight loss?
As an incretin mimetic (glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist), Ozempic belongs to the class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists.
It stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas when needed by binding to GLP-1 receptors. Your blood sugar levels and A1C will be lowered as a result. As well as reducing the amount of sugar released by your liver, it also slows the process of food leaving your stomach, preventing blood sugar spikes.
As a combination with diet and exercise, Ozempic (generic name: semaglutide) helps diabetic adults better control their blood sugar levels. In the treatment of type 1 diabetes, Ozempic is not recommended. It is safe to use Ozempic alongside other diabetes medications such as metformin or insulin.
Additionally, Ozempic is approved to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) events such as heart attacks, strokes, and death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease. Constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain are the most common side effects. A weekly injection of Ozempic is given under your skin. It is possible to learn how to use the pen injector on your own from your healthcare provider.
When dietary changes and exercise do not adequately reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, Ozempic is prescribed. People with type 2 diabetes can significantly improve glycemic control with Ozempic in addition to lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, or other diabetes medications like metformin or insulin. Ozempic reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from a cardiovascular event for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The Ozempic pen is a prefilled prescription that is injected subcutaneously (under the skin) into your abdomen, thigh, or upper arm on a weekly basis. Taking Ozempic with or without food is not a problem.
In other words, Ozempic mimics the GLP-1 hormone produced in the gut by acting on the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor. Whenever your blood sugar levels rise, GLP-1 binds to GLP-1 receptors and tells your pancreas to release insulin, bringing them down again.
Although exercise and diet can help you lose weight, maintaining that weight loss can prove difficult. It is thankfully possible to find medications that can help. One medication that can be prescribed off-label for weight loss is Ozempic, a diabetes medication.
Ozempic also reduces the amount of sugar released from your liver along with stimulating insulin release. In addition, Ozempic slows down the digestion process, so your stomach takes longer to empty fully. In this way, you can prevent blood sugar spikes. Additionally, you will feel full for longer, which can lead to weight loss and less eating.
Research has examined whether GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic can help treat obesity and reduce some of the cardiovascular risks associated with obesity since GLP-1 receptor agonists such as Ozempic have caused weight loss in people with type 2 diabetes. Blood pressure and cholesterol seem to be lowered by long-term GLP-1 medication use. Ozempic may be prescribed off-label to some adults with obesity to control their weight. Ozempic can help people with obesity lose weight faster when combined with diet and exercise.
Another diabetes and weight loss drug contains semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic. There are some of these drugs approved for chronic weight management, such as Wegovy, while others, such as Ozempic, are approved for treating type 2 diabetes but may also be prescribed off-label for weight loss in adults. Exercise and a lower-calorie diet are usually recommended by medical professionals, but prescription medications may be recommended if sufficient weight loss is not achieved within six months.
Talk to Dr. Shima Hadidchi MD, about whether Ozempic injections for weight loss are right for you. We serve patients from Victorville CA, Apple Valley CA, Adelanto CA, Hesperia CA, Crestline CA, Highland CA, and Barstow CA.
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