GLP-1 for Weight Loss

By Any Other Name

Through the onset of various communicable illnesses, we’ve become accustomed to naming conventions that include the way something is known in the scientific community and the way it’s known to the general population. An easily recognizable example is SARS-CoV-2 versus COVID-19.  Those naming conventions also occur with medications. GLP-1 is a very good example. GLP-1 is a kind of drug that treats type 2 diabetes. It’s in a class of medication known as glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists. Yes, that’s a mouthful.   

What is GLP-1?

The class of medications known as GLP-1 medications are named after a hormone whose actions they emulate. The hormone, also known as glucagon-like peptide 1, works in the body to help with regulation of blood sugar. After someone eats, the hormone GLP-1 sends the message throughout the body that more insulin is needed to balance rising blood sugar. That hormone, or chemical messenger, does its job to help maintain homeostasis, or the right balance, of blood sugar in the body.

As a medication, GLP-1 agonists do something similar.

How Does GLP-1 Work?

GLP-1 medications help with blood sugar control. They slow the digestion process, helping the user feel full faster and longer. GLP-1 medications also seem to repress hunger, which encourages its users to eat less overall.

The class of medications are known as GLP-1 agonists are likely more recognizable to you by their brand names:

  • Ozempic
  • Trulicity
  • Victoza
  • Byetta
  • Rybelsus

Of these medications, all are injections but one. Rybelsus is the only medication listed that is taken orally.

Are GLP-1 Medications Effective?

Yes, they are. In repeated studies, GLP-1 medications were associated with at least modest weight loss. For the GLP-1 medication semaglutide, marketed under the brand names Ozempic (injection) and Rybelsus (oral), study participants lost 5.9% of their total body weight three months into the study and 10.9% at the six month point of the study.

As with all medications there are side effects. GLP-1 medications are primarily associated with gastrointestinal symptoms including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Starting these medications at low doses and increasing them over several weeks helps moderate GI symptoms. These medications can also cause low blood sugar, so it’s important to monitor your glucose level when using one of these drugs.

Weight Loss Support At Patuxent Wellness Center

Patuxent Wellness Center in California, MD suggests GLP-1 agonist medications as part of their medical weight loss program. Our weight loss program is designed specifically for you based on your body’s specific needs. We will evaluate potential metabolic issues, hormonal imbalances, and other chronic medical conditions to create a weight loss program that most effectively suits your needs. As we create a comprehensive plan together, we will look at lifestyle changes, increasing your physical activity levels, and creating an effective nutritional plan for you.

The team at Patuxent Wellness Center is committed to providing you with collaborative, integrative care that embraces all of you – body, mind, and spirit. Our intention is to help you create wellness through a patient-centered, compassionate, professional relationship.

We’re Here for You

We look forward to supporting you on your weight loss journey so you can achieve sustainable weight loss. Call 301-450-4044 or email so we can help you live your best healthy life.

Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.

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