Everything You Need to Know about diabetes medicines
Obesity is perhaps one of the most notable diseases that require extra care and long-term management. This chronic disease can be linked to many several health complications that tend to lessen life expectancy. Some complications related to obesity include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and certain malignancies. Here you can learn about a new diabetes medicine and obesity in childhood.
Medications with the potential to help treat obesity are beneficial, especially today, where obesity is rampant and is even considered a significant public health issue. Thankfully, a new weight loss medicine, Wegovy, by the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has been recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What Is Wegovy?
Wegovy, semaglutide (higher dose) a diabetes medicine produced by Novo Nordisk is now approved for use as a weight-loss drug. It’s the first drug approved by USFDA for chronic weight management since 2014.
This weight loss drug specifically aims to assist in chronic weight management of adults with obesity or overweight individuals with weight-related comorbidities like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. This medication helps hasten the weight loss accompanied by the proper diet and physical activity.
Wegovy™ (semaglutide) injection 2.4 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (excess weight) (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems to help them lose weight and keep the weight off.
- Wegovy™ should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
- It is not known if Wegovy™ is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products.
- Caution: It is not known if Wegovy™ can be used safely in people with a history of pancreatitis.
How Wegovy, the new diabetes medicine works?
The weight loss resulting from the intake of Wegovy is by the mechanism of reducing the hunger felt by the user and increasing the sensation of fullness. Therefore, users tend to eat lesser amounts of foods and reduce their calorie intake. Of course, for this weight loss drug to be effective, the user should also follow proper physical activity and diet.
How Much Weight Loss Will I Get When I Use Wegovy?
One trial involving adults without diabetes had a weight loss result of an average of 12.4% when compared to the group who were given the placebo drug. The results produced by Wegovy have indeed exceeded the expectations of researchers and scientists. It even surpassed the performance of other medications that were already available in the market.
How Do I Take Wegovy?
According to the FDA label of Wegovy, this weight loss drug must be administered once every week during the same day. It may be administered at any time of the day with no needed dose adjustments. Users may also take Wegovy with or without meals. This medication is administered using an injection via the subcutaneous route
Obesity in childhood
Obesity in childhood is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It’s particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems — diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.
It is not known if WEGOVY is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.