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Exploring GLP-1 Agonists, a Weight Loss Treatment Option

Written by Dr Girouard M.D.

Updated December 20, 2023

In a world flooded with weight loss solutions, we understand that the one-size-fits-all-model doesn’t work for everyone. At Dr. Girouard’s Weight Loss and Wellness Clinics, our focus is on individualized care. We know that each person walking through our door is an individual and we want to discover together what is right for you.

Part of that is letting you know what is available, what your treatment options are and how they can help you reach your goals.

So… Let’s talk about the GLP-1 Agonists known as Semaglutide & Liraglutide. 

The Origins

Glucagon-like peptide-1 or GLP-1, is a naturally occurring hormone in the body. It plays a crucial role in regulating your blood sugar by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas when your blood sugar level is too high.

This release of insulin then allows the body to break down any excess sugar. GLP-1, also tells the liver to produce less sugar there by further lowering the amount of sugar circulating in your blood.

The research and development of GLP-1 Agonists likely started in the late 1990s, when scientists at Novo Nordisk began working on creating a synthetic version of this hormone to mimic it’s function. It became a pharmaceutical race in the battle against type 2 diabetes. 

Liraglutide (Victoza) and Semaglutide (Ozempic) were thus created and like other medications, they went through rigorous evaluations to ensure their safety and effectiveness in treating type 2 diabetes. 

More than Diabetes

It was during these clinical trials, that they were discovered to have positive results in the area of obesity management. Interestingly, Semaglutide has shown remarkably more potential in promoting weight loss.

As a result, the FDA approved these medications to be used for weight loss but under different names and at higher doses.

Semaglutide is branded as Wegovy and is a once weekly injection whereas Liraglutide is branded as Saxenda and is a once daily injection.

These medications have since become an important option for healthcare providers to manage and treat obesity.

How does it work for me?

Semaglutide and Liraglutide work by increasing the release of insulin and reducing the amount of sugar produced by the liver. Lowering your blood sugar through this mechanism of action is very beneficial to patients who have type 2 diabetes. 

If you do not have diabetes, these medications may still be of benefit to you. They have been known to reduce appetite by slowing down the emptying of the stomach which promotes a sense of fullness. This allows patients to decrease their calories helping them to achieve their weight loss goals.  

Can Dr. Girouard’s Weight Loss and Wellness Clinics help me?

YES! We provide access to both Semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) and Liraglutide (Victoza, Saxenda).

Semaglutide and Liraglutide are great treatment options for individuals with type 2 diabetes and for those seeking weight loss solutions even without the presence of diabetes. 

Consult with Us

Since Semaglutide and Liraglutide are administered via injections, and as with any medication, may have potential side effects. That’s why consulting a healthcare professional is crucial for a proper evaluation, prescription, and guidance on their use.

We look forward to helping you discover more. Book appointment today!