Understanding the Risks of Semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro)

You may have heard of Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro. These semaglutides have been widely used to manage type 2 diabetes, aiding in blood sugar control and appetite suppression. While they offer many benefits, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks associated with their use:

  • Hypoglycemia

One of the risks associated with semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro) is the possibility of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. These medications work by increasing insulin release and reducing glucagon secretion, which can lead to blood sugar levels dropping too low. It’s essential for patients to monitor their blood sugar levels regularly and be cautious about other factors that can contribute to hypoglycemia, such as excessive exercise and skipping meals.

  • Gastrointestinal Side Effects

The most common reported side effects are gastrointestinal when taking semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro). These can include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation and abdominal discomfort. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider if they persist or become severe.

  • Pancreatitis

There have been rare reports of pancreatitis associated with the use of semaglutides. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and can be a serious condition. Patients should be vigilant and promptly report any signs or symptoms of pancreatitis, such as severe abdominal pain, to their healthcare provider.

  • Thyroid C-Cell Tumors

In preclinical studies, GLP-1 RAs like Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro and semaglutides have been associated with thyroid C-cell tumors in rodents. While there is limited evidence of this effect in humans, it is still a potential risk to consider. Patients with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 may need closer monitoring.

  • Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro) can occur. Signs of an allergic reaction may include hives, itching, rash, swelling of the face or throat, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing. If any of these symptoms occur, medical attention should be sought immediately.

  • Other side effects

Other reported side effects may include bloating, burping, excessive gas, bad breath, hair loss, fatigue, dizziness, vision changes, depression. Immediately consult your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

Semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro) are valuable medications in the management of type 2 diabetes, providing improved blood sugar control. However, like all medications, they come with potential risks! It’s crucial for patients prescribed these drugs to be informed about these risks and work closely with their healthcare provider to monitor and manage any side effects. By doing so, patients can make informed decisions and achieve better outcomes in their diabetes management.

Dr. Vaziri highly recommends following a custom nutrition plan with weekly monitoring and guidance if you are using semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro) for weight loss. This is critical for long term weight maintenance. The appetite suppression effects of semaglutides (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro) vanish once patients wean off the drugs and the weight will return without proper nutritional support.

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Acupuncture is an Eastern Medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific meridians, or energy points on the body. Studies consistantly indicate the efficacy of acupuncture for weight loss. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Appetite and Cravings: Proponents of acupuncture for weight loss claim that it can help reduce appetite and cravings by stimulating certain points on the body.
  2. Metabolism: Recent studies suggest that acupuncture can boost metabolism, helping the body burn calories more efficiently.
  3. Stress Reduction: Acupuncture is known to reduce stress and anxiety. Stress can contribute to overeating and weight gain. Therefore reducing stress through acupuncture may indirectly support weight loss efforts.
  4. Complementary Therapy: Acupuncture is often used as a complementary therapy alongside other weight loss strategies. It could be part of a holistic approach to improved overall health — body, mind, soul.
  5. Scientific Evidence: Clinical studies on acupuncture’s effectiveness for weight loss are ongoing due to the various factors involved. More robust research is intended to determine whether acupuncture can lead to substantial and sustainable weight loss.
  6. Individual Variation: The response to acupuncture, like many alternative therapies, can vary widely from person to person. Some individuals may find it helpful in managing their weight, while others may  experience other health benefits.

The bottom line is that acupuncture does not have a negative effect on weight loss strategies. It can only help…so why not give it a shot! There are so many benefits and very little, to no, risks. Dr. Vaziri has successfully integrated Eastern Medicine with Western Science to provide patients with an elevated holistic experience. His multi-faceted solutions are customized based on your specific needs and goals. Call us today to schedule a complimentary VIP consultation, 818-704-1188.

Setting the right goal for a weight loss program is indeed important for long-term success. Let’s break down some key points:

1. Starting Goal: People typically engage in weight loss programs to shed excess pounds for health, aesthetic, or other personal reasons. Let’s determine where you want to be. Is it a certain size, weight, A1C level, cholesterol number or any other factor that is significant for you? Once we have identified this marker, we set a weight maintenance plan to follow your weight loss.

2. Changing Habits: It’s true that changing habits is a fundamental aspect of successful and sustainable weight loss. This often involves adopting a balanced diet, regular exercise, and making healthier lifestyle choices. Our experienced coaches will teach you how to make these choices to avoid falling into the same unhealthy habits.

3. Improving Metabolism: Changing your metabolism can be a valid approach to weight management. A faster metabolism can help with burning calories more efficiently, but it’s important to focus on realistic and evidence-based methods, such as building lean muscle mass and getting enough sleep. Your metabolism isn’t confined to just slow or fast, up or down, black or white. There are many contributing factors involved. Our science-based treatment options address the root cause of a sluggish metabolism to target the release of stored fat.

4. Avoiding Stimulants and Appetite Suppressants: Many people prefer to avoid stimulants and appetite suppressants due to concerns about potential side effects or dependency. Instead, they may choose to focus on natural methods like mindful eating, portion control, and balanced nutrition. Acupuncture and emotional therapy have also been found very powerful adjuncts. Our clinics offer a broad array of these services. We customize safe and effective options for your individual needs and circumstances.

5. Artificial Fat Burners: Artificial fat burners are often not recommended due to potential health risks and a lack of long-term effectiveness. Natural fat-burning methods are generally considered safer and more sustainable. Remember that weight gain is natural and normal. Weight loss is science!

In summary, the common goal for weight loss is to achieve a healthier weight through a combination of balanced nutrition, exercise, and sustainable lifestyle changes, while avoiding the use of potentially harmful supplements or drugs. Dr. Vaziri will conduct a comprehensive metabolism test, listen to your concerns, and suggest a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. We offer a variety of programs that are customized for your individual needs.

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