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For many people, losing weight can be a frustrating experience, particularly when attempting to do so without guidance. At America’s Family Doctors, we offer a lifestyle medicine and physician-directed weight loss program that could be the solution you’ve been searching for to fit into that old dress or suit. As a physician-directed program, we prioritize your safety by customizing the program to your individual needs and monitoring your progress with all necessary testing.
Our primary care now offers Ozempic, Wegovy and Semaglutide for eligible patients, which can be beneficial for patients looking to manage their weight or type 2 diabetes.
Some additional information on our program:
- We file with insurance for your visit
- Self-pay patients, we charge $125 per visit. (Additional testing costs extra)
- We will tailor a plan that works best for you
- Medications we may use if appropriate include Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Phentermine, Topamax, Wellbutrin, Contrave and Semaglutide.
- Supplements may include L-carnitine, Apple Cider Capsules and other over the counter options.
How does Semaglutide work?
Semaglutide operates by emulating the actions of a hormone known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) within the body. This mechanism can be broken down into several key functions.
Semaglutide plays a vital role in blood sugar regulation. By stimulating the pancreas to release insulin in response to meals, it helps lower blood sugar levels after eating, contributing to better glycemic control. It also influences digestion by slowing down the emptying of the stomach. This delay in gastric emptying reduces the rate at which glucose is absorbed from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, resulting in more stable post-meal blood sugar levels.
Semaglutide has the ability to suppress appetite by affecting the brain’s appetite-regulating centers. This leads to reduced hunger and an increased sense of fullness, making it important for individuals with obesity who are striving to manage their weight.
What some side effects of Semaglutide?
Some patients experience side effects including gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, constipation, headache, low blood sugar levels, dizziness or fatigue. To minimize side effects your provider will start you on a lower dosage and gradually increase the dosage as your body adapts to the medication.