You’ve probably heard of Ozempic or seen the commercials on TV promoting it as a drug for type 2 diabetes. That is what it is approved for, however there have been social media buzz and stories of people using it to lose weight. This article not intended to promote it as a weight loss drug but to go over the side effects since its not being covered much.
Ozempic (semaglutide) is a medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is a type of GLP-1 receptor agonist, which helps to lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production and decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver. Ozempic is popular now because it has been shown to be effective in helping people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels, and it may also have other benefits such as weight loss.
The weight loss aspect is what is causing its popularity and leading to a shortage for people with type 2 diabetes who relies on the drug. Celebrities and Social Media influencers are also contributing to the problem as they have the financial means and connections to get the drug whenever they want. Some of them who have used the drug for weight loss are Elon Musk (using its sister drug Wegovy), Jeremy Clarkson, Remi Bader.
The more important issue aside from creating a shortage for the people who really need it ( type 2 diabetes patients) is there is very little coverage on its side effects.
Here are some of the side effects:
Common side effects:
Other potential side effects:
- abdominal pain
- decreased appetite (one of the reasons it becoming popular)
More Serious Side Effects (in rare cases):
- gallbladder disease
- kidney problems
- diabetic retinopathy (damaged blood vessels in the eye)
- thyroid tumours
If you have any family history of any of those diseases then your risk is very high if you take Ozempic.
As a Fit Dad, your are most likely on a good diet and exercise regiment so taking a drug for weight loss might not be something you would entertain. If by chance you are entertaining it and don’t have type 2 diabetes it is highly recommended you speak to your doctor and do some more research on the side effects.
Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before trying anything mentioned in this article. All information in this email is intended for educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Fit Dads Fitness is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information in this article.