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GLP-1s, oh my! Is semaglutide for everyone and the magical injection for weight loss many claim?

The short answer, no. Don't get me wrong, they are an excellent tool in our weight loss toolkit; however, they are not the only answer. What are GLP-1 agonists? They are a group of medications that gained popularity with semaglutide. Originally, this medication class was utilized in treating type II diabetes. It was discovered that semaglutide caused incredible weight loss and popularity skyrocketed from there. There are many who cannot use them, including those with MEN2 (rare, hereditary tumor condition) or medullary thyroid cancer (very specific type of thyroid cancer, there are others). They can increase the risk of pancreatitis and slow down digestion causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and possible stomach paralysis or obstruction. They may even cause mood changes. Scary, right?

These possible side effects shouldn't cause avoidance of this mediation class. There are great, life-changing results that can come from their use including, but not limited to, weight loss alone. The importance lies in finding a provider with experience that can evaluate safety and appropriateness for you as an individual, monitor the use and effect, as well as address other pillars of support for healthy weight loss. There are no shortcuts, work must still be put in for long term results. Are you ready to take the first step? Reach out and we will see if this medication is right for you!

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