Hi everyone Felix here, Advanced legal practitioner with Healand Clinic.
I’m here today to talk a little bit about semaglutide.
Semaglutide is a medication that's most commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes.
It belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists which stands for glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists.
GLP-1 is a naturally occurring hormone that is released in response to food intake - it helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin and suppressing the release of glucogon which is a hormone that raises blood sugar.
Semaglutide works by mimicking the effects of GLP-1 in the body.
It binds to the GLP-1 receptors in the pancreas and stimulates the release of insulin which helps lower our blood sugar levels.
Semaglutide also slows down the rate at which food is absorbed into the bloodstream which can help prevent spikes in blood sugar after meals.
In addition to its blood sugar lowering effects, semaglutide has been shown to help with weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness which can lead to a reduction in calorie intake throughout the day.
Semaglutide is typically given once a week as a subcutaneous injection.
It's been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials and is approved for use in several countries around the world including the UK and is actually available on the NHS in certain circumstances, more commonly with those with type 2 diabetes.
As with any medication there can sometimes be side effects so it is important to talk to your prescribing clinician about whether semaglutide is right for you.
Semaglutide, along with other weight management medications, is available at Healand Clinic so if you're interested in any of our services, including screening, blood tests and other treatments, book your free consultation today.
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