Dr. Tashko Featured in Washingtonian Article on Ozempic

Washingtonian Article on Ozempic

What Is Ozempic?

Ozempic is a prescription medication that is primarily used to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 agonists).

While Ozempic was initially approved for diabetes management, it has also shown potential for weight loss management.

New Washingtonian Article Featuring Dr. Tashko

Weight-Loss trends are nothing new, but Ozempic has scientific studies behind it, unlike many other social-media fads.

In recent years, there has been growing interest in repurposing certain medications, including GLP-1 agonists like Ozempic, for weight loss purposes. Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic, has been studied in clinical trials specifically for weight loss and has shown promising results.

“Why these medications work so well and they’re so popular is that they suppress appetite centers in the brain,” says Dr. Gerti Tashko via Washingtonian. “So there is less hunger and appetite, which makes [patients’] journey of weight loss easier to follow.”

Semaglutide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for chronic weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or greater who also have at least one weight-related condition (e.g., high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes).

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Clinical trials evaluating the use of semaglutide for weight loss have demonstrated significant reductions in body weight when compared to a placebo group. Participants taking semaglutide, in addition to lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise, experienced greater weight loss.

As with any medication, there can be potential side effects and considerations to be aware of.

It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if weight loss medications like Ozempic are appropriate for your specific situation, discuss potential benefits, risks, and any other concerns you may have

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