Call Us: 407-287-6315

How Semaglutide Moves The Needle On Weight Loss

Published August 1, 2023

Semaglutide is a medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs). It works by mimicking the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the body.

Semaglutide is the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) found in the medication Ozempic. Ozempic is a brand name for the injectable formulation of semaglutide. Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs), which are used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin, reducing the production of glucose, and slowing down the emptying of the stomach.

When Semaglutide is injected, it binds to and activates GLP-1 receptors on various cells in the body, including pancreatic cells. This activation leads to several beneficial effects:

Increased insulin secretion:

Semaglutide stimulates the release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells. Insulin is a hormone that helps lower blood sugar levels by facilitating the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

Inhibition of glucagon secretion:

Semaglutide reduces the secretion of glucagon, a hormone that raises blood sugar levels. By inhibiting glucagon release from pancreatic alpha cells, Semaglutide helps prevent excessive production of glucose in the liver.

Slowed gastric emptying:

Semaglutide slows down the emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine. This effect helps regulate the release of glucose into the bloodstream, preventing post-meal spikes in blood sugar levels.

Increased satiety:

Semaglutide also affects the brain’s appetite centers, leading to increased feelings of fullness (satiety). This can help reduce food intake and promote weight loss.

By promoting insulin secretion, inhibiting glucagon release, slowing gastric emptying, and increasing satiety, semaglutide helps improve glycemic control (blood sugar levels) in individuals with type 2 diabetes. It is typically used in combination with diet and exercise to manage blood sugar levels and promote weight loss.

Here are some general criteria that healthcare professionals may consider when determining if someone is a good candidate for semaglutide:

Type 2 diabetes diagnosis:

Semaglutide is specifically indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, so individuals with this form of diabetes are the primary candidates.

Inadequate blood sugar control:

Semaglutide is commonly prescribed when other oral antidiabetic medications have not achieved the target blood sugar levels.

Body mass index (BMI):

Semaglutide has also been approved for weight management in individuals with a BMI of 27 or higher. It may be considered for individuals with type 2 diabetes who would benefit from weight loss.

Ability to tolerate injections:

Semaglutide is administered via subcutaneous injection once a week. A good candidate should be comfortable with self-administering injections or have a support system to assist with injections.

Overall health and medical history:

A healthcare professional will consider factors such as other medical conditions, medication interactions, and potential side effects of semaglutide to determine if it is suitable for an individual’s specific situation.

Remember, the decision to prescribe semaglutide should be made by a healthcare professional who has access to your complete medical history and can evaluate your individual weight loss needs.

The post How Semaglutide Moves The Needle On Weight Loss appeared first on BodyLogicMD.

See all testimonials →

What our clients say about us

*Results not typical. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider before making any changes to your healthcare regimen. See our Full Disclaimer.
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Landa for the past 3 months. I came to see her because I have all the menopause symptoms that were really driving me nuts and my cholesterol was high, my blood pressure was high, I have the night sweats, I have the mood swings. And I have to tell you that after 3 months…Read More
  • I came to see Doctor Landa 3 months ago and she understood all the problems that I have been concerned with. I have been taking the bioidentical hormones for three months and my life has improved tremendously. I feel great and I highly recommend Dr. Landa. *Results not typical. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider…Read More
  • I came to see Dr. Jennifer Landa about 14 months ago. The bioidentical hormones have worked great for me! I have a lot more energy and feel younger than ever. I have several medications that I've stopped taking 8 months into the program. I used HCG to help with weight loss and altogether, I've lost 36 lbs. I feel great…Read More


September 14, 2023

Hormone Loss, Age and Weight Gain

Both age and hormone imbalances can play significant roles in weight gain, but their impact can vary depending on individual circumstances and factors. It’s important to note that weight gain […]

Read More
Parent Theme Menu