We are now offering weekly Semaglutide injections to kickstart your weight loss journey. As a patient, you can expect a supportive and positive environment to assist you in meeting your weight loss goals.
BENEFITS OF SEMAGLUTIDE INJECTIONS:
Semaglutide is FDA approved for weight management
Semaglutide decreases food cravings
Semaglutide works best when partnered with diet and exercise
Semaglutide increases insulin sensitivity
Semaglutide promotes gastric emptying
Semaglutide improves blood sugar levels
Semaglutide improves cholesterol
Semaglutide reduces inflammation
HOW DOES SEMAGLUTIDE WORK FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), an incretin hormone that plays a role in your appetite and digestion. Incretins (hormones released by your digestive tract) are sent out by your body after you’ve eaten a meal. They help lower your blood sugar by triggering insulin release and blocking sugar production. They also slow down how quickly food leaves your stomach (called gastric emptying) and this helps prolong satiety and reduces food cravings. The result of these actions causes you to ‘feel full’, lowering your appetite and causing you to lose weight.
WARNING: You should not use semaglutide if you are allergic to it, or if you have: multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2; or a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma. Not for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Align Medical Center is excited to be offering Semaglutide injections to our patients who need help with weight loss
It really depends on the patient and their insurance. We often pursue insurance coverage without benefit or a significant amount of”red tape”. For patients that are a good cadidate for semaglutide but their insurance will not willing to cover the cost, compounded semaglutide is much more affordable with the same efficacy and safety profile.
Duration of therapy varies by patient needs and goals. Some patients remain on a low maintenance dose of the medication after acheiving a goal weight and glucose control, while others maintain with lifestyle modification alone.
Depending on your dosage, the cost changes. Most people are spending between $40-80 per week for their medication. However, this prive can increase significantly without pairing lifestyle modification with the medication. It is one of the reasons we emphasize the need to seem a properly trained and fully licensed provider to assit in your weight loss journey.
Although not seen in human trials or most marketing reports, initial animals trials of semaglutide did show increased rates of a specific type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma. If you have a history of thyroid cancer or unexplored thyroid nodules, you may not be a candidate.
No, Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Wegovy. Wegovy is brand name drug that has been FDA approved for weight loss.
Yes, but we recommend our facility to ensure all the appropriate labs needed have been drawn.
You can, but we recommend having our nurse educate you on self-adminstering at home.
Yes, and no. I will never recommend some “go on a diet” but I will discuss how to change your current lifestyle for the long term. Diets work for short periods of time and are usually unsustainable. I will work with you to make different changes and replace habits.