You’re not alone if you’ve struggled to lose weight and are still carrying extra pounds. Around three-quarters of US adults weigh in with more than a healthy mass, and adults who have hormone imbalances have a higher risk of gaining extra weight.
Paying attention to any underlying issues is important because your hormones are there to help manage key body functions. These functions include fat storage, metabolism, and appetite regulation.
A variety of conditions could be contributing to hormone-related weight gain. A few of the most common underlying conditions related to hormone imbalance and excess weight include:
- Insulin resistance and diabetes
- Perimenopause and menopause
- Estrogen dominance
- Thyroid dysfunction and disorders
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Chronic stress
Luckily, our Dr. Rawan Abu-Zeitoon and the providers at Chrysolite Aesthetics in Houston, Texas, are here to help. With the use of semaglutide, we can help you to effectively fight hormone-related weight gain.
Our team provides semaglutide injections for adults with weight gain that is linked to underlying hormone imbalances. Continue reading to learn about semaglutide, and whether you’re a candidate for this weight-loss therapy.
How does semaglutide work?
Although semaglutide was developed to manage Type 2 diabetes, the FDA approved the use of this medication for weight loss in 2021 for adults who are meeting certain criteria.
Those using semaglutide have lost weight significantly, considering the drug’s active ingredient increases satisfaction while lessening your appetite. This helps you to feel more satisfied and full after eating less.
This drug mimics how your body produces hormones that are related to glucose and appetite management, such as glucagon-like peptide-1. Patients receive an injection weekly or monthly at our facility with Dr. Abu-Zeitoon to ensure that your specialized weight loss plan is working.
As a part of our weight loss services, the Chrysolite Aesthetics team uses semaglutide with a combination of healthy changes to help you meet your lifestyle goals, such as improving your diet and nutritional intake, increasing physical activity, and a specialized weight loss plan that will keep you on track.
The best part of semaglutide? This innovative drug has helped adults lose 15% of their starting body weight on average, as well as keep the pounds off for longer.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for semaglutide?
It really depends. Semaglutide is typically recommended only for patients who have a:
- BMI over 27 and one or more underlying health condition linked to weight gain (e.g., Type 2 diabetes) OR
- BMI over 30
You should also have realistic weight loss goals and expectations, and be ready to exercise, eat healthy, and make other changes in your lifestyle to increase your weight loss.
Keep in mind that not all adults who are overweight are candidates for semaglutide. Adults with the following conditions should not use this medication:
- History of pancreatitis
- History of gallbladder disease
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, constipation and gassiness
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN2)
- History of medullary thyroid cancer
The best option to find out if you’re a candidate for semaglutide is by meeting with one of our providers. Semaglutide should only be used under the supervision of a medical provider, like our board-certified specialists at Chrysolite Aesthetics.
Dr. Abu-Zeitoon goes over your medical history, current health conditions, any relevant lifestyle factors, and completes a physical exam as well as blood tests to check for risk factors like hormone imbalances, nutrients deficiencies, and chronic disease risk factors.
Are you ready to learn if semaglutide is right for you? Schedule an appointment with one of our providers in Houston, Texas, or book online now.