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Understanding GLP-1s (like Semaglutide) for Weight Loss: What you should know.



Aquarian Provider with patient.
Aquarian Provider with patient.

Are you considering GLP-1 medicines for weight loss? If so, it's crucial to understand that while they can provide significant assistance, they also carry potential risks. There is a lot of buzz around GLP-1s such as semaglutide, liraglutide (Victoza), tirzepatide, and others. Developed as a diabetic medication, their primary function is reducing blood sugar levels. However, they've also shown efficacy in weight management. These medications can decrease appetite, leading to reduced food intake, which contributes to weight loss for many patients. As with any medication, there are risks. It’s important to consider these and talk to your provider about them before starting GLP-1s for weight loss.


Some possible drawbacks of GLP-1s:

1. Stomach Troubles: You may have nausea, or GI upset leading to diarrhea or constipation. These symptoms may resolve on their own or persist at higher doses. (Aquarian provides anti-nausea medication with our weight loss program) 2. Risk of Low Blood Sugar: Combining GLP-1s with other diabetic medications may elevate the likelihood of experiencing low blood sugar. This condition can pose a significant danger, particularly for individuals with diabetes. 3. Thyroid nodules: The one contraindication to taking GLP-1s is a history of thyroid nodules as studies have shown that they can promote growth of these nodules. 4. Unsupervised self-medicating: Unfortunately you can find almost anything online. Prescription medications like these should always be managed by your provider, from reputable pharmacies. 5. Weight loss doesn’t = fat loss: Starting on higher doses of GLP-1s may accelerate weight loss too quickly, which can be unhealthy. In this case, without sufficient protein intake, the weight loss may primarily consist of muscle mass. Adopting a gradual and consistent approach in any weight management plan increases the likelihood of sustainable results and a higher probability of keeping the weight OFF!


Key Takeaways:

  • Individual Experience Varies: While effective for some, not everyone responds the same way to GLP-1s. Some may tolerate these medications better than others.

  • Balancing Risks and Benefits: Weight loss benefits must be weighed against potential side effects and risks. It's essential to have an open conversation with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Monitoring and Awareness: If prescribed, staying vigilant for any unusual symptoms or side effects is crucial. Regular check-ins with your provider are essential for this medication.

At Aquarian Clinic, we aim to assist you in achieving your goals! If you are contemplating these medications for weight management, it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider. Our approach is highly individualized, taking into account both the benefits and risks, ensuring you make the best decision for your weight loss strategies.


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