For the first time since 2014, the FDA has approved a new treatment for chronic weight management: Wegovy.
What is Wegovy?
This is a weekly injection approved for overweight adults who struggle with high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, or high cholesterol and obesity. If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 kg/m2 or greater, or if you are overweight (body mass index ≥27), you could benefit from Wegovy!
How does it work?
It works by chemically convincing your brain that you’re full, leaving patients with a decreased appetite while not feeling starved. Unlike many weight management drugs, Wegovy doesn’t make you feel jittery – and, it’s safe for people with hypertension. While some adverse side effects are associated with taking the treatment, they’re generally mild. They affect the GI tract and could include diarrhea, nausea, or constipation; but overall, the drug is tolerated well.
Approximately 70% of Americans are considered obese; thus, Wegovy can and will save lives. From the clinical trial data, Wegovy works better for treating obesity compared to other drugs. The drug works by “mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake”. Many studies have proven the drug to be a safe and effective way to lose weight. In one of Wegovy’s trials, 33% of the patients lost more than 20% of their body fat in a 68-week clinical trial period. Losing that amount of body fat is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease for overweight or obese adult patients.
Wegovy might be the long-term weight management solution for you! Do you feel like you could benefit from this weekly injection? Schedule a consultation with Doctor Melamed to see if Wegovy is a good fit.