Semaglutide: The Next Frontier in Diabetes Management

Apr 09, 2024
Semaglutide: The Next Frontier in Diabetes Management
Semaglutide gets a lot of attention for its impact on weight, but it's a medication intended to treat Type II diabetes. It’s incredibly effective when combined with diet and exercise in controlling blood sugar levels. Read on to learn more.

About 38 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. If you’re among them, you know how critical it is to find effective therapies to help you manage blood sugar levels and improve your overall health. Without management, the chronically high blood sugar that occurs with diabetes can damage your organs and cause notable health problems, including vision loss, kidney disease, and neuropathy.

Semaglutide, sold commercially as Wegovy® and Ozempic®, is a game-changer for people struggling with Type 2 diabetes. It offers superior glycemic control and significant weight loss compared to other diabetes medications and placebo.

At Physicians Weight Loss Center Highlands Ranch, we prescribe semaglutide for qualified patients. Read on to learn more about how the medication works and why it’s considered the “next frontier” in diabetes care and management. 

How semaglutide works

Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. It works by mimicking the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1, which helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production and reducing glucose (sugar) production in the liver.

Semaglutide also slows down gastric emptying, which leads to feelings of fullness and reduced appetite.

We offer semaglutide in a once-weekly injectable formula.

The benefits of semaglutide

Semaglutide offers several benefits for people when it comes to managing Type 2 diabetes:

Improved blood sugar control

Semaglutide enhances insulin secretion and reduces glucose production to help lower blood sugar levels. This helps you have better control over your glycemic levels. 

Weight loss

Research shows that semaglutide promotes weight loss in people with type 2 diabetes more so than many other treatments. 

The medication has an appetite-suppressing effect that contributes to reduced calorie intake and sustainable weight loss. This is why semaglutide can also be helpful for people who are overweight or obese and who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone.

Cardiovascular protection

Studies have also demonstrated that semaglutide may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in those with type 2 diabetes who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Semaglutide has similar effects on people without diabetes, too. 

Candidates for semaglutide

If you have Type 2 diabetes and have not achieved adequate glycemic control with diet and exercise alone or with other oral antidiabetic medications, semaglutide may be an option. We may also recommend the medication if you are overweight or obese and would benefit from weight loss.

If you're struggling to manage your diabetes or achieve weight loss goals, talk to us about whether semaglutide is right for you. It may be the solution you've been searching for to take control of your diabetes and improve your overall health. 

You can schedule a weight loss consultation online or over the phone at Physicians Weight Loss Center Highlands Ranch. Learn about semaglutide and how it can benefit you.