Ozempic – miracle drug or dangerous?

Ozempic is it safe and how does it work?

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When it comes to managing diabetes, Ozempic (segaglutide) has been a game changer.

It is dispensed as a weekly injection so many see it as a convenient and powerful way to manage weight. Which results tend to indicate that it is. HOWEVER - like most miracle-type drugs, there are many downsides.

If you really want to know the side effects, check out the reporting pharmaceutical/health bodies in your country. In the USA it is the FDA. In Australia it is the TGA.

If you search data of adverse events you will find more information but as always, reporting of adverse events is underreported and it takes a lot to actually prove that a person's negative outcomes were due to a drug.

 

Why is Ozempic so popular?

Ozempic has been picked up by Hollywood celebrities and has made a SPLASH and visual impact on those using it. Ie the public can see the difference.

It offers  a low need for dieting, and exercise and seems to fit into a very busy person's schedule.

It was developed as a diabetic drug using hormones to balance blood sugar levels. As with most "effective" drugs, it has been prescribed "off market" that means for people who do not have diabetes, as a weight management strategy.

But it is all not rosy and this article is unveiling what many celebs are experiencing.

Let's unpack some of the issues with it.

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What Ozempic Does and What to Watch Out For:

Ozempic does its magic by acting like a hormone called GLP-1, which helps control sugar levels in your blood. Sounds great, right? But sometimes, it can make you feel a bit queasy, especially at first. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can hit some folks when they start taking it. And there's a chance it could mess with your thyroid, too, and is well documented in the product information guide.

It was actually the potential thyroid and cancer issues that put me off the drug from the get-go. It is not always safe...

Alternative Strategies and side effect management

Addressing Ozempic's side effects necessitates a multifaceted approach that goes beyond pharmacological intervention. Integrating natural and lifestyle-based solutions can offer complementary benefits, promoting symptom relief and enhancing overall treatment efficacy.

Dietary modifications play a pivotal role in managing gastrointestinal discomfort associated with Ozempic. Encouraging patients to prioritize high-fiber foods, such as leafy greens and whole grains, can support digestive health and alleviate symptoms. Moreover, consuming smaller, more frequent meals and staying hydrated can help mitigate nausea and vomiting.

Stress management techniques, including mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation, can help alleviate anxiety-induced gastrointestinal symptoms and promote overall well-being. By reducing stress levels, individuals may experience fewer digestive disturbances and enhanced treatment tolerance.

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Lifestyle Interventions

Incorporating regular physical activity into daily routines not only improves insulin sensitivity and glycemic control but also supports gastrointestinal motility, reducing the incidence of gastrointestinal adverse effects associated with Ozempic. Encouraging patients to engage in moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, can further optimize treatment outcomes.

Furthermore, fostering mindfulness and awareness during mealtime through mindful eating practices can enhance the efficacy of Ozempic therapy while promoting satiety and reducing overeating. Encouraging patients to focus on their food, chew slowly, and savor each bite can facilitate the release of hormones like leptin, which regulate appetite and promote feelings of fullness.

Conclusion:

Ozempic represents a significant advancement in diabetes management, offering effective glycemic control through hormonal modulation. However, understanding and addressing potential side effects are essential for optimizing treatment outcomes and enhancing patient adherence.

And after seeing it now rolled out en masse, I am not a huge fan.

Obviously consult your doctor and the person prescribing it to you but you need to understand potential damage that it may be causing (ie thyroid neoplasms).

I am a massive fan on managing weight naturally. Making sure your mind is switched off when you eat, eating a wide range of vegetables, quality proteins and fats.

A normal ranged body is possible when the basic foundations of health are adhered to. BUT obviously if you are a diabetic you need to consult your health practitioner and question them on safety and appropriate usage for you.

 

Resources

I have a book on weight, a podcast on hormones and a book which you can order below. I strongly encourage ordering a saliva test to determine if other hormones are the issue if you are carrying extra weight.

You can order that here.