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How do GLP-1 medications work

GLP-1 medications like semaglutide can help with weight loss through several mechanisms:

1. Appetite Suppression: Semaglutide, like other GLP-1 receptor agonists, can reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness. It acts on the brain to help control food intake, leading to reduced calorie consumption.

2. Slowing Gastric Emptying: Semaglutide slows down the emptying of the stomach, which can make you feel fuller for longer after eating. This can lead to reduced food intake and, consequently, weight loss.

3. Weight

4. Loss as a Side Effect: Many people taking semaglutide for the treatment of type 2 diabetes experience weight loss as a side effect. This weight loss effect can be significant and is often an added benefit for individuals with diabetes who also need to lose weight.

5. Increased Energy Expenditure: Some studies suggest that GLP-1 receptor agonists like semaglutide may increase energy expenditure, which means your body burns more calories at rest.

It's important to note that semaglutide and other GLP-1 medications are typically prescribed for weight loss at higher doses than those used for diabetes management. Also, they are usually part of a comprehensive weight management program that includes a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.

As with any medic

ation, it's essential to consult with a healthcare provider before starting semaglutide or any other weight loss treatment to determine if it's appropriate for your specific needs and to monitor for any potential side effects or interactions.

Call 818-823-0263 for a consultation.

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