How does wegovy works

How does wegovy works

Wegovy (semaglutide) is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It works by mimicking the action of GLP-1, a hormone that is released by the intestines after eating. GLP-1 has a number of effects on the body, including:

  • Stimulating insulin secretion: GLP-1 stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas, which helps to lower blood sugar levels.
  • Slowing gastric emptying: GLP-1 slows down the emptying of the stomach, which can help to reduce appetite and promote satiety.
  • Reducing glucagon secretion: GLP-1 reduces the secretion of glucagon from the pancreas, which helps to lower blood sugar levels.

Wegovy(semaglutide) is used to treat obesity in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or a BMI of 27 or greater with at least one weight-related comorbidity (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol).

How does wegovy works

Wegovy- is typically injected once a week under the skin. The dose of Wegovy is gradually increased over time to reduce the risk of side effects.

The most common side effects of Wegovy include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Wegovy can also cause serious side effects, such as:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Wegovy should not be used in people with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), or in people with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2).

Wegovy is not approved for use in children under 18 years of age.

How Wegovy helps with weight loss

Wegovy helps with weight loss by reducing appetite and promoting satiety. This can lead to a decrease in calorie intake and, over time, weight loss.

In clinical trials, people who took Wegovy lost an average of 12-15% of their body weight over a period of 68 weeks.

Wegovy is most effective when used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise program.

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