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Are Weight Loss Drugs The Right Solution For You?

If your fish was sick from swimming in a dirty fish bowl would you treat the fish or change the water? 

Perhaps you are curious about the recent craze of weight loss drugs, how and if they work, and if it is a good idea for you. 

Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists. This drug mimics a hormone ( GLP) in your gut. When you eat it increases insulin, in turn reducing blood glucose and decreasing appetite. This drug also slows the rate at which food empties your stomach,  reducing calorie intake. 

This injection may seem the best solution to your chronic weight loss problem, but you may want to consider the following facts before jumping on the bandwagon. 

  • To have long-term effects you MUST continue the use of the drug for life, and combine it with healthy nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. 

  • The ONLY source of Semaglutide that is FDA-approved in the United States ( BUT is not approved in the UK) is Wegovy.  Any other popular alternative is not FDA-approved for weight loss including Ozempic and Mounjaro. 

  • Cost- the retail price of Wegoy for one month is $1,618.83 without insurance at the date of this publication  

  • Side- effects- Risk of thyroid c- -cell tumors, acute pancreatitis, including fatal and non-fatal or necrotizing pancreatitis- symptoms are severe abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, acute gallbladder disease/ stones, stomach paralysis, hypoglycemia, acute kidney injury, heart rate increases, suicidal behavior and ideation

  • You may lose up to 15% of weight, but it does not target fat loss, the weight reduction includes loss of muscle mass and bone density. 

After careful consideration and seeking the advice of a health professional you trust, if you decide to get results without using medication is what is best for you, you may consider alternatives. 

Our office uses natural remedies to heal your body from the inside out, including balancing blood sugar and improving your metabolic, hormone, and gut health. 

For patients who are already eating well, and going to the gym but watching the pounds pile on, we start with customized laboratory markers, to find the root cause of their metabolic problems. Others need guidance on eating a balanced diet, accountability, and customized plans to reach their goals. Common root causes of excess weight, are dysregulation of thyroid hormones, even if you are in the normal standard reference range, dysregulation of blood sugar, insulin resistance, or stress-induced swings in blood sugar.  In our practice patients use continuous glucose monitors and utilize supplementation to help balance blood sugar and curve craving. Berberine is a natural supplement that is just as effective, if not more so, than Ozempic in managing blood sugar levels. Berberine offers a safer, more sustainable alternative for those seeking to stabilize their blood sugar without resorting to pharmaceutical interventions

If your fish were sick, which method would you choose? Treat the fish and let it swim in dirty water, or change the water and allow the healing from the inside out? 

If you are ready to start your weight loss journey give us a call at 417-598-0080,

we look forward to helping you feel good, and heal from the inside out!

This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all healthcare concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a healthcare professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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