From Hollywood celebrities to TikTok influencers, a mythos of near-magical weight loss surrounds the medication semaglutide, which is used to treat diabetes and obesity. The drug, which is available by prescription only, has become a staple for those looking to shed excess pounds. But does it work? We talked to several people who’ve been taking the drug long-term, and they all agreed that it wasn’t a fast pass to good health.Resource: okmagazine.com
Those who take the drug, which is also sold as Wegovy and Zepbound, say it makes them feel fuller and less hungry. It also lowers blood sugar, which helps them use glucose for energy. Those who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes were usually the first to start on the medicine, but people without the condition can benefit too.
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The drug stops your liver from making too much glucose, and it reduces the amount of sugar in your urine. It’s important to drink lots of water while taking it, because it can cause dehydration. It can also interfere with the function of your gallbladder. If you get upper abdominal pain, clay-colored stools or jaundice, tell your doctor right away.
Those who’ve been taking the drug for a year or more often say it has helped them keep off extra pounds, even after they stopped taking the medication. But they all stressed that it was not a cure-all and that they had to make other changes—like working with experts to change their relationship with food or committing to regular exercise—in order to maintain their results.