In the realm of medical advancements aimed at combating obesity and promoting healthy weight management, Semaglutide has emerged as a promising option. At 2Me Clinic, we are committed to providing our patients with accurate information and evidence-based insights to empower them on their journey toward optimal health. In this blog post, we delve into the facts surrounding Semaglutide and its role in weight loss.

Understanding Semaglutide

Semaglutide very closely resembles a natural hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Quite a mouth-full!!  Originally developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, Semaglutide has garnered attention for its additional benefits in promoting weight loss. Its mechanism of action involves mimicking the effects of a naturally occurring hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and appetite.

How effective is it?

Studies such as the STEP (Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with obesity) trials have shown that Semaglutide, when administered at higher doses under the skin, leads to substantial weight reduction compared to those who did not receive Semaglutide. This weight loss is also accompanied by improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and overall blood sugar control.

So, how does it work?

Semaglutide exerts its weight-reducing effects through various mechanisms. Semaglutide works on your stomach so that food passes more slowly through it. This means that the sugar from your meals takes longer to get into your blood.  It also reduces the amount of a hormone called glucagon being produced by your pancreas. Glucagon causes your liver to produce more sugar, so by reducing the amount of glucagon in your body, this also helps to reduce the levels of sugar in your blood.  Additionally, It increases the amount of insulin hormone produced by your body.  Insulin reduces the level of sugar in your blood. Reducing blood sugar levels ultimately reduces the amount of stored fat.  These mechanisms all working together contribute to the overall effectiveness of Semaglutide in achieving sustainable weight loss.

Safety Profile

As with any medication, safety considerations are paramount. Overall, Semaglutide has demonstrated a favourable safety profile in clinical trials. Common side effects include gut symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, which tend to be mild to moderate in severity and typically resolve over time. Rare but serious side effects may include pancreatitis and gallbladder-related complications. At 2Me Clinic, our healthcare professionals conduct thorough assessments to ensure that Semaglutide is prescribed safely and appropriately for eligible patients.

Comprehensive Care at 2Me Clinic

At 2Me Clinic, we prioritise personalised care and evidence-based medicine in our approach to weight management. For individuals considering Semaglutide as part of their weight loss journey, we offer comprehensive evaluations and tailored treatment plans. Our healthcare professionals provide guidance on medication usage, lifestyle modifications, and behavioural strategies to optimise results while ensuring patient safety and well-being.  This is why our Semaglutide program at 2Me is jointly run by a General Practitioner and a Nutritionist.

It’s not a ‘magic bullet!’

Although Semaglutide represents a significant advancement in the field of weight management, offering a valuable tool for individuals struggling with obesity, we continuously remind patients that it is not a ‘magic bullet’.  The best results are achieved when Semaglutide is combined with calorie reduction and a structured physical exercise routine.  At 2Me Clinic, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the latest information and insights on Semaglutide and other treatment options. Through collaborative decision-making and holistic care, we empower individuals to achieve their weight loss goals and enhance their overall health and well-being.

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