Are You a Candidate for Semiglutide?

If you’re concerned about your weight, chances are good that you’ve heard about FDA-approved semaglutide (sometimes referred to by the brand name Ozempic®). In fact, you may be wondering if you’re a candidate for this medication.

This weekly injectable offers effective weight loss help for adults. Studies show patients who take semaglutide lose an average of 15% of their starting weight and keep it off for longer than patients not taking the medication.

At Chrysolite Aesthetics, led by Dr. Rawan Abu-Zeitoon, our practice offers personalized weight loss management to adults in Houston, Texas. For qualifying patients, Dr. Abu-Zeitoon may provide semaglutide alongside with other healthy weight management therapies, such as:

If you’re wondering whether you’re a candidate for using semaglutide to help you lose weight, take a moment to read on as we give you more information about this medication and who it’s a good fit for. 

How can semaglutide help me lose weight?

Semaglutide helps patients lose weight by mimicking  a hormone your body naturally makes: glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). 

Your body releases this hormone for several reasons, including to help control your blood sugar by telling your pancreas to release insulin and controlling your appetite by sending a signal to your brain that you’re full. 

The GLP-1 your body produces breaks down pretty quickly, so the effects don’t last too long. Semaglutide mimics the action of GLP-1, but the medication lasts much longer in your body. 

This means they help you feel fuller for a more extended period. In addition, since your blood sugar levels stay regulated longer, you don’t experience as many cravings. The result is that you eat less and lose weight. 

Could semaglutide be right for me?

At Chrysolite Aesthetics, Dr. Abu-Zeitoon wants to empower patients to take charge of their own health. However, semaglutide is a prescription medication, so you can’t reach for it off the shelf at your local drugstore. 

This is because only qualifying patients should use semaglutide. That’s why it’s important to talk to a medical provider for personalized weight management advice.

While every person is unique, semaglutide is usually recommended to patients who have a:

While semaglutide can help with your weight loss journey, it’s important you also have realistic goals and expectations for weight loss and stay dedicated to a healthy diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. All of this works together to help accelerate your weight loss.

Dr. Abu-Zeitoon helps you find the best strategies for meeting your personal goals when it comes to weight loss and overall health. In addition to any weight loss medications, she helps you with dietary adjustments, improving your physical fitness, and making other healthy lifestyle changes. 

Who should not take semaglutide?

Semaglutide isn’t for everyone, including patients with a BMI under 27. In addition, patients with a history of certain health conditions should avoid using this medication, including:

Dr. Abu-Zeitoon reviews your medical history in detail before prescribing this medication.

To learn whether semaglutide is the right weight-loss medication for you, schedule an appointment at Chrysolite Aesthetics in Houston, Texas, over the phone or with our online booking tool.

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