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What is Ozempic?
If you watch any TV, you must’ve have seen the commercial that rips the song “Magic” by Pilot. It’s actually a pretty crafty play on words. The original song goes a little something like this… “Oh oh oh, it’s magic.” But in the updated, ripped-off version, “it’s magic” is substituted with “Ozempic.” And that brings us to what we are about to talk about today.
But before we do, it needs to be said that the lead singer of Pilot played a pretty bitchin Rickenbacker bass. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
Ozempic is a pharmaceutical drug that has gotten a lot of attention recently in the world of modern medicine. Any time a drug hits the market and you see a commercial for it, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s on the rise in popularity. Let’s take a deeper dive so you know if Ozempic is right for you.
What is Ozempic?
There is no secret that diabetes is one of the top diseases driving the billions of dollars behind the healthcare system. Type I diabetes means a person cannot produce the hormone insulin by themselves and they must administer it exogenously.
Type II diabetics have a weakened pancreas that still produces a marginal amount of insulin. They are not “insulin-dependent” like Type I patients are. In these cases, they can often control their diabetes through diet modifications, exercise, and milder prescription medications that are taken orally.
The whole issue with diabetes is that blood sugar levels cannot be controlled properly when they rise. One of the main functions of insulin is to stabilize blood sugar when levels do go up. If this cannot happen, a person is at serious risk for such complications as heart disease, foot ulcers, nerve damage, stroke, and impaired vision.
In the worst of cases, untreated diabetes can eventually lead to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death per year accounting for 102,188 deaths over that same time span.
Suffice it to say, there is not much of a happy ending involved with uncontrolled and untreated diabetes. That’s why it is critically important to get the right medication and lifestyle pattern in motion to avoid any complications.
This is where Ozempic comes to the table. Known by the generic name semaglutide, Ozempic is used in conjunction with exercise and diet as a next-level medication to keep blood sugar levels in check for Type II diabetics.
It is NOT used for the main treatment of Type I diabetes, however. But it can be taken in conjunction with insulin and metformin, which is another diabetes medication.
What is the average cost of Ozempic?
Cost is always an issue when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs. That’s why having a good insurance plan can take you a long way in saving some bones to improve your health.
Ozempic is pretty new to the market. In cases like this, the out-of-pocket expense is usually higher than other drugs. If you have insurance that covers it, you can be looking at a cost somewhere in the range of $25 to $50 per prescription.
You can also use coupon and savings cards that insurance carriers often make available to their members. These are prorated, depending on the timeframe in which they are designated. For example, a 1-month supply can have a discount of $150 where a 3-month prescription can be as high as $450 off.
If you go completely out of pocket to pay for Ozempic, you can be looking at $350 to $700 per treatment. That’s quite the contrast when you play it out over time.
The dosage of Ozempic is based on 4 week cycles and it’s on a sliding scale. For the first 4 weeks, the dosage is set at .25 mg per week. And by the way, Ozempic is taken by means of an injection pen that you self-administer once a week.
The second 4 weeks is set at .5 mg. Once that period is over, your doctor will reassess your situation. If necessary, your dose could possibly go all the way up 1 mg per treatment each week.
This strategy is deployed to slowly introduce the drug into your body so it can adapt accordingly.
There is a catch-22 involved with every medication on the market, and Ozempic is no different. Although it can help treat a condition and improve quality of life, it can also wreak havoc on the body and cause unwanted side effects.
Here is a list of some of the issues that can be spawned off the use of Ozempic (These symptoms were either reported or found in clinical trials:
- Upset stomach
- Reduced appetite
- Gas pain
- High blood pressure
It should also be noted that the recommended injection sites for Ozempic are the thigh, upper arm, or stomach, preferably where there is a little bit of fat. There can be irritation at the site of these injections over time, which can lead to itching and superficial pain.
To get you up to speed, the main use of Ozempic is for the treatment of Type II diabetes along with exercise and dietary modifications. More specifically though, this is an approach looked for in cases where other options to do not seem to be working.
You should also be aware that the injections utilized are the best method for the greatest results. There is an option to use pills, but they’re not as effective because they do not have as strong or as long-lasting of an effect.
And to add even more clarity to the mix, all of this hinges upon someone’s A1C number. This is a blood test used to measure diabetes risk and severity level. For people with preexisting diabetes, the goal is to get their A1C levels to 7 or below.
In the best of cases, Ozempic can cause a downward drop of 1.5 points, which is quite significant.
As a side benefit to the blood sugar-lowering effect of Ozempic, it has also been known to reduce the risk of heart-related diseases that are associated with diabetes like stroke, heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.
Ozempic for weight loss
When Ozempic first launched, it was strictly used as diabetes medication. However, it has since been approved by the FDA as a weight-loss drug under the name Wegovy. But there is a slight rub to this.
It’s not Ozempic itself that has been approved for weight loss. It’s the ingredient semaglutide that it contains. This is actually what Wegovy is made from. In this case, the way it works is through a multi-faceted system.
First of all, when injected, your stomach slows down the digestion process. This keeps you feeling full longer and on fewer calories consumed. When this continues over time, your body has no choice but to lose weight.
Secondly, hormones that cause the liver to release sugar are blocked, which in turn, causes you to burn stored fat for energy.
Lastly, if you go back to the original purpose of Ozempic, it helps stabilize blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels go up and insulin is released, your body is in a fat-storage state. This can help with chronic weight management.
So even diabetics who are just looking for the blood sugar-stabilizing effect of Ozempic can experience the weight loss benefits as well. But be aware that there are some cases of diabetes patients who have actually gained weight while using Ozempic for weight loss.
As with any other pharmaceutical drug, there will be varying results with people across the board. Under most circumstances though, it’s safe to say that either iteration can lead to weight loss.
How much weight can you lose in a month with Ozempic?
The actual amount of body weight you can lose in a month is dependent on certain factors. For piece of mind, the average weight loss over a year is 9 to 12 pounds. So if you use this example, you can expect ¾ to 1 LB of weight loss per month. In the big picture, that’s not really a ton of weight.
But let’s go back to the factors that can change this game more in your favor. Obviously, if you start taking Ozempic and continue an unhealthy lifestyle that includes late-night eating, unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity, your results will not be that great.
If you decide to kick things into overdrive though and eat right, exercise daily and give up the other bad habits associated with weight gain, then you will likely see much better results.
It should also be said that intermittent fasting can go a long way when it comes to losing weight. And this is especially true for diabetics. When you restrict the time in which you eat and the number of meals you eat per day, there is a favorable environment in your body for weight loss.
You create a caloric deficit, you eat less food and most importantly, you stabilize your blood sugar levels. That not only helps with weight loss, but it is also highly beneficial for diabetic complications.
Always consult with your physician though if you choose to give fasting a try. There is more than plenty of research on its benefits for diabetes these days and there are actually doctors who specialize in this.
All that being said, if you can safely use a weekly injection of Ozempic in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise, and fasting, you can really melt some pounds off in a hurry.
Is Ozempic good for weight loss?
Saying Ozempic is “good” for weight loss might be a little bit far-fetched. When something is good for something, it generally means it has a profound effect. Losing 12 pounds in a year with no other additional changes does not exactly fall into this category.
However, if you lose that much weight per month, then you’re talking. But go back to the secondary factors that can make that happen. It depends on all the other things you do in addition to Ozempic. And just as a word to the wise, don’t neglect the power of weight training.
Regardless if you are trying to control diabetes or not, it is a major smoking gun on many levels. Although it is not always looked to for weight loss, it is arguably the best tool in this game.
When you do weight training, your body predominately uses stored glycogen for energy. This is what happens when you do short-term, high bursts of exertion like doing a series of heavy reps of bench presses.
After performing a number of sets and repeating with other exercises, you cut into your glycogen storage, which then lowers your blood sugar levels. Your body them becomes better able to process sugar as a form of energy and you lower your insulin levels.
Fat then becomes the preferred source of energy in your body, promoting weight loss. Also, weight training builds muscle. Adding muscle is one of the best things you can do for longevity and weight loss.
Not only does it improve your functionality, but it is also highly metabolic tissue. This simply means that you will burn more calories at rest, which can contribute to weight loss.
Lastly, just because you are lifting weights, it doesn’t mean you’re not getting cardio that everyone is so in love with when it comes to weight loss. Hoisting weights causes your heart rate to go up and you breathe a lot heavier then when you are at rest. What do you think happens in this case?
You end up burning a generous amount of calories while you work out, that’s what. But it gets even better. Weight training spikes your metabolism when you are finished so it further promotes a higher caloric expenditure at rest.
If you really want to supercharge the cardio effect of weight lifting, shorten your rest breaks, increase your reps, add more load or do all three.
What does Ozempic do to the body?
The main purpose and function of Ozempic is to prevent someone from suffering debilitating effects related to diabetes. If you learned nothing else today, just remember that.
As a secondary function, the active ingredient semaglutide can promote weight loss. If it does its job, all of the effects that stem from it can lead to a healthier, happier, and longer-lived life.
Is Ozempic the same as metformin?
Although Ozempic is used as a defense mechanism with diabetes, it is not one in the same with metformin. The latter is geared more toward helping the body cope with a higher release of insulin.
Ozempic’s main function is to lower blood sugar levels when used with dietary intervention and exercise.
Final Word on Ozempic
In the big picture, you do not get too many chances when your blood sugar is out of control. If you let it go, it can end up fatal, which you want to elude by any means possible. That makes Ozempic something to take into serious consideration if you are diabetic.
By balancing your blood sugar and losing weight, you can live a normal life with less worry and fear of having a major incident take place.
We have Ozempic treatments available at our facility, and at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the states. If you’d like to come to Puerta Vallarta, give us a call and we will get you set up with an appointment.