What is Wegovy?
Wegovy (semaglutide) is an injectable prescription medicine used by obese and overweight people to help them lose weight and keep it off for good. In 2021, Wegovy was first approved for weight loss, even for patients who weren’t diabetic. It’s still only approved for individuals who are obese, however, celebrities and people on social media have claimed to have used these at-home injections to lose weight. With that being said, its important to make sure you educate yourself on what Wegovy is and how to safely use the drug with a doctor’s supervision.
Your brain receives signals from different parts of your body. Some of these signals are called appetite hormones, which help regulate the amount of food you eat. If you’re wondering how does Wegovy work, it’s similar to one of the natural appetite hormones, so you eat fewer calories and lose weight.
Over 70 percent of Americans are obese or overweight. Obesity is one of the leading causes of death, including heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, and is associated with severe health problems. Diet and exercise can help patients reduce their cardiovascular disease risk, but sometimes patients are unable to exercise, and even if they can exercise and diet, it is not enough.
Wegovy attempts to mimic a hormone called GLP-1, which targets areas of the brain that control appetite and food intake. Essentially, it attempts to mimic a hormone that helps us feel full and tells our stomach to take its time emptying food. To reduce gastrointestinal side effects, users should gradually increase the dose to 2.4 mg once a week over 16-20 weeks.
In a study comparing Wegovy with a placebo, 83 percent of adults taking Wegovy lost at least 5 percent of their weight, compared to 31 percent of those taking a placebo.