SF Bay Area Ozempic®

Achieve better health when you lose weight with Ozempic®.

We all know that obesity can seriously affect our health, but losing weight is a huge challenge. Ozempic® (Semaglutide) is a medical treatment that makes losing weight more achievable. Initially developed to treat type 2 diabetes, Ozempic® was soon found to have powerful weight loss effects. When used as part of a comprehensive medical weight loss plan, this treatment allows you to reach a healthy weight and learn new lifestyle skills. 

Ozempic® is a brand name for a medication called semaglutide. This medication affects the signals that communicate information like fullness between your brain and digestive system. You administer Ozempic® by injecting it once a week as directed. The dose will vary depending on your needs.

To achieve your best and most lasting results, we recommend following our healthy lifestyle guidelines. Ozempic® is not a substitute for physical activity or developing healthier relationships with food. However, it will help you lose significant amounts of weight, giving you more motivation and energy. 

Ozempic® is a type of medication used to affect specific receptors in the brain. These receptors respond to a protein called glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which is released by the digestive system as a signal that you are full. Ozempic® triggers these receptors, and your stomach with stay full longer, telling your brain you do not feel hungry. People often report that they lose interest in eating and feel comfortable passing up food they would have wanted in the past. 

As a result of eating less, people taking Ozempic® can lose a significant amount of weight. Some studies showed that many people could lose 15% to 20% of their weight. Losing that amount of weight is associated with a major decrease in many medical risks, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. 

Ozempic® does not provide the same health benefits that you get from physical activity, and not eating as much can lead to not eating enough healthy foods. We are committed to working with you to build a comprehensive program that includes beneficial levels of activity and balanced nutrition. 

The most common side effects of this medication are related to the digestive system, including:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Most of these side effects are mild if they occur at all. Many people can continue treatment at a lower dose if side effects become a problem. People with certain pre-existing medical conditions are at higher risk of side effects. Only a consultation can determine whether you have any of these risk factors. 

Ozempic® may help you with weight loss if you meet certain criteria. This treatment is recommended for those who are overweight or obese and at risk of resulting health issues. If your BMI is higher than recommended for your body size, you may be a good candidate. Patients who are at a healthy weight but have small areas of stubborn fat may be better candidates for a body sculpting treatment like liposuction or CoolSculpting®.

Candidates for Ozempic® should follow a lifestyle plan that includes healthy nutrition and physical activity to maximize their benefits. This plan will look different for each individual based on an assessment of your needs and goals. 

People should not take Ozempic® if they have a family or personal history of certain cancers, pancreatitis, gallbladder problems, or certain other medical problems. This medication is not recommended for people with type 1 diabetes. 

The cost of your Ozempic® weight loss program will vary depending on your needs. The actual price of the medication is only one factor. This cost will vary widely depending on your location, your provider’s pricing, and the dose you need.

You should also consider the level of support you will receive during your treatment. People who take Ozempic® without professional support can become nutrient-deficient or lose muscle mass. Your weight loss should happen within a safe, carefully monitored weight loss program that ensures your health throughout the process. 

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