Wegovy Medical Weight Loss Specialist Q&A
Being overweight is a complex medical issue that often requires the expertise of a weight loss specialist for successful weight maintenance. At Suburban Healthcare Associates, our weight loss specialists would be happy to assist you in your weight loss journey. Our medical team will do a full assessment to see if Wegovy is an option for you. Contact us today for more information about our weight loss injection services or book in for an appointment online at your earliest convenience. We have convenient locations to serve you in Naperville IL, Plainfield IL, and Joliet IL.
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The medical complications of being clinically overweight vary, from risks of developing certain diseases to actively shortening your potential lifespan.
However, for many patients, weight loss isn’t as easy as simply eating less and exercising more. There are genetic, physiological, mental, and environmental factors at play that can inhibit one’s ability to maintain their weight in both the short and long term. And for some, weight loss options like Wegovy provide the extra support they need to help them achieve their goals.
Wegovy is the brand name of a popular type of prescription Semaglutide injectable medication. Wegovy has been FDA-approved for weight loss purposes in patients over the age of 12 that are medically obese, helping them manage their blood sugar and hunger levels.
Wegovy mimics the GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) hormone that naturally occurs within the body, activating the receptors responsible for regulating appetite and satiety levels. This synthetically created hormone also prevents the stomach from emptying as quickly, which allows patients to feel fuller over a longer period.
This injectable weight loss shot is administered once a week for a prescribed amount of time, either in a clinic or at home.
Currently, Wegovy is the only type of Semaglutide injection that has been approved solely for weight-loss purposes. Other comparable medications, such as Ozempic and Mounjaro, will also result in weight loss but require the patient to have a coinciding diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in order to be prescribed.
The rate at which you lose weight may vary depending on your starting weight, how well you adhere to your prescribed doses and the instructions given to you by your provider, the dosage prescribed to you by your doctor, any coinciding medical conditions that you may have, and if you’re using diet and exercise in combination with your shots.
The most recent research suggests that patients typically lose between 0.5 and 2.0 pounds a week while on Wegovy, which equates to 2-8 pounds a month.
Wegovy aids weight loss by subtly changing the way the body processes hunger and satiety.
When the Wegovy hormone is introduced to the body, it sends signals to the brain that keep the patient feeling fuller for longer after meals and snacks. Because Wegovy mimics the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), it also temporarily delays the stomach from emptying into the intestine – resulting in longer feelings of satiation and fullness.
Overall, it supports patients effectively controlling their cravings, stabilizing their blood sugar levels, and regulating their food intake.
If traditional weight loss methods have failed and you need extra support in achieving your weight loss goals, your medical practitioner may prescribe Wegovy. This injectable weight loss treatment has helped to support patients in achieving consistent and long-term weight loss.
Wegovy is supplied through prescription only and you must meet one of the following criteria to qualify:
• A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above.
• A BMI of 27 or higher with an overlapping weight-related health condition.
Some factors may make you ineligible to receive Wegovy, such as having a history of thyroid cancer in your family, being allergic to Semaglutide or any of the ingredients in Wegovy, having an endocrine condition, being pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or if you’re currently breastfeeding.
At Suburban Healthcare Associates, we offer safe and comprehensive weight loss treatment, including the prescription weight loss option of Wegovy. For more information about our services, contact us today or book an online with us to schedule an appointment with a weight loss specialist at your earliest convenience. We serve patients from Naperville IL, Plainfield IL, Joliet IL, Woodridge IL, Wolfs IL, Warrenville IL, Crystal Lawns IL, Romeoville IL, Lockport IL, Crest Hill IL, Shorewood IL, Gilletts IL, and Fairmont IL.