Medical Weight loss
Semaglutide Weight Loss By Vital Health
Medical weight loss treatments
Obesity overwhelmingly affects the quality of life of many Americans. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2018 uses body mass index (BMI) metrics to suggest that over 70% of American adults are overweight or obese. This disease is associated with a long list of disorders including, but not limited to, sleep apnea, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Obesity is a complex health concern that results from a combination of factors – both genetic and behavioral.
Viewing obesity as a disease rather than a lifestyle choice allows us to provide a viable medication treatment to help adults who have been struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Semaglutide injections are one of the treatments that are available for individuals looking for support with weight loss. Semaglutide is a new tool that can supplement improved diet and exercise routines to provide patients with a real opportunity to obtain a maintain a healthier weight.
What is semaglutide?
What is GLP-1?
Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a hormone that is naturally made in your body and signals your body to release insulin. When insulin is released, it signals the body to decrease your blood sugar levels by sending the sugar into your muscles and tissues to be used as energy. When sugar stays in your bloodstream and your muscles aren’t getting that energy, your body sends a signal to your brain to say you are hungry and need more food!
So how does semaglutide work?
Semaglutide is classified as a GLP-1 agonist and, when injected into the body, signals the production of GLP-1. In small doses, semaglutide increases insulin secretion in order to treat diabetes. In higher doses, it works to regulate appetite by ensuring sugar moves out of the bloodstream and into the tissues and muscles that need the energy. When this happens, the body will no longer send the signal for more food so frequently. In other words, semaglutide helps mediate blood sugar levels and subsequently encourages weight loss when combined with lifestyle improvements.