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Ozempic, Wegovy (Semaglutide): Why the Benefits Outweigh the Risks

Every medicine has risks, but humans could improve by considering our status quo biases. There are also risks of doing nothing. These GLP medications are miracles that emulate natural satiety hormones in our bodies that decrease our hunger cravings and increase satiety.

The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, and constipation, but as we use the medication more, our bodies get used to it, and those symptoms improve. Rarely reports of cholecystitis, pancreatitis, or acute kidney failure have occurred. In mice, there have been reports of a rare type of cancer called medullary thyroid cancer, but it has not been proven to occur in humans. There are a few prominent cases of gastroparesis in the media but no permanent cases in the research.

At Mindful Weight Loss, we strive to be available and support all our patients. We can and will work up and monitor everything we see, ordering labs and arranging for more urgent appointments. Still, I think it’s helpful to understand that our struggles with weight can lead to an increased risk of cancer, gallbladder issues, strokes, arthritis, psychological distress, and, unfortunately, many other health threats. Recent research with Wegovy (Semaglutide) has shown 20 percent improvement in cardiovascular disease.

We have trained obesity clinicians taking care of our patients at Mindful Weight Loss to limit the even minimal risk of potential side effects and ensure we find the perfect mix to maximize the impact and minimize side effects.

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