If you’re considering using semaglutide to help with weight management, you may wonder what the first 12 weeks could look like. Strategic Health & Wellness wants to equip and empower you as a patient by offering an inside view of our expert-learned steps that are typically taken when beginning on this medication.
With the right preparation and mindful awareness equipped through following these guidelines, patients can experience positive change alongside their physicians and other healthcare providers.
What to expect in your first 12 weeks using semaglutide?
When it comes to improving one’s health and quality of life, losing weight is a considerable challenge. Medications like semaglutide have made it possible to achieve higher results than ever before. It’s been shown that this drug helps people lose weight more consistently than other methods, such as diet alone after 12 weeks. Here’s what to expect:
Decrease in appetite
One of the most common side effects of semaglutide is a decrease in appetite. This can be a good thing if you are trying to lose weight, but it can also lead to unwanted weight loss. If you are losing too much weight, talk to your doctor about adjusting your dose.
Weight loss with semaglutide
Taking this medicine can result in rapid weight loss. In a clinical trial of the Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People With Obesity (STEP), it was found to be effective in treating obesity. This difference was even more pronounced in those who were obese, as the semaglutide dose of 2.4 mg led to a 6% loss by week 12 and a 12% loss by week 28.
Decrease in your blood sugar levels
Semaglutide can also cause a decrease in blood sugar levels. This is usually not a problem if you are already taking medication for diabetes, but it can be a problem if you are not. Talk to your doctor about how to adjust your dose if you find that your blood sugar levels are dropping too low.
Some injection site reactions
Some people also experience injection site reactions, such as redness, pain, or swelling, at the site where they inject semaglutide. These reactions are usually mild and go away within a few days. However, if the adverse reactions are beyond normal, talk to your doctor about how to adjust your dose.
How to know if semaglutide is working for you?
- Check your blood sugar levels: First, check your blood sugar levels to see if semaglutide works for you. You will likely benefit from this drug if your blood sugar levels remain within a healthy range.
- Check your body weight: Checking your body weight is another way to determine whether semaglutide works for you. If you lose or maintain a healthy weight, semaglutide will likely work for you.
- Check with your doctor: If you want to be sure that semaglutide is working for you, you should check with your doctor. If semaglutide is not working for you, your doctor can order blood sugar and A1C tests and give you professional advice.
Lose weight and feel great without ever feeling hungry
In general, semaglutide can be a great starting point for those looking to make positive lifestyle changes and see results. The first 12 weeks of using semaglutide may be challenging, but with consistency and education, you can learn how to get the most out of your medication.
It’s important to remember that if you’re not sure of anything while on semaglutide, it is essential to contact our physicians. Never feel discouraged; our experts will gladly help you along your journey. Remembering this information is critical to getting the most out of your treatment and taking charge of your health. If you need additional support at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are here to guide your journey toward a healthier lifestyle!