Forget bariatric surgery, or even diet and exercise for that matter. The rich and famous are now seeking prescriptions for a diabetes drug to slim down. Most in-demand right now is the prescription drug Ozempic. Approved to treat pre-diabetes, the drug is quickly becoming the go-to ‘skinny shot’ treatment.
Ozempic is an insulin regulator, but its primary side effect is weight loss — apparently pretty dramatic weight loss, at that. Studies show people on Ozempic may lose 15% of their body weight with regular treatment.
The injectable drug is approved by the FDA to improve blood sugar control and reduce risk of heart disease in diabetic patients. It is not currently FDA-approved as a weight loss drug, but the company is seeking that approval after multiple studies have shown great success in helping patients shed pounds.
Celebrity nutritionist Matt Mahowald, founder of New Performance Nutrition, says the drug works by slowing the body’s secretion of insulin, thereby stopping the stomach from emptying and reducing a person’s appetite. It is a recipe for rapid weight loss, and reviews for Ozempic have (so far) been positive.
Problem is, people who are not pre-diabetic are hogging the drug as a weight loss miracle. Glamour magazine reports Google searches for the diabetes drug blew up after Kim Kardashian shared she had dropped her body fat percentage from 25 to 18. She never confirmed using the drug, but it’s not a well kept secret among Hollywood A-listers and wealthy elites that the drug is what she used.
Ozempic reviews have been blowing up on the internet of late
A Danish firm called Novo Nordisk produces the drug, which is now more popular than they could have imagined. It’s reported that pharmacies are backlogged on orders until December. That’s a tough pill to swallow for people who truly need it to manage their medical condition. After all, not properly maintaining blood sugar can be a tipping point in going on to develop full-blown type 2 diabetes.
If you’re thinking about giving Ozempic a try, be forewarned — it’s expensive. The once-weekly shot costs upwards of $1500 a month! And insurance doesn’t cover it if it is not medically necessary to prevent diabetes. However, the price tag isn’t stopping highly motived people with money to give it a shot.
This ‘skinny shot’ trend has been developing for years, but the Ozempic craze took it to a new level. Diabetes drugs were growing in popularity as weight loss miracle workers not only because they work, but also because they go through extensive clinical trials (unlike retail supplements). Many over-the-counter products have proven to be downright dangerous. Plus, makers of health supplements aren’t required to reveal all of its ingredient information, which may be considered proprietary.
But don’t go expecting a miracle without any side-effects. While pounds may fall off without any effort, the shot carries its own baggage, like diarrhea, vomiting, constipation and stomach pain. It is worth a shot for prediabetics, because preventing the progression to full-blown diabetes can be life-saving. For the rest, it remains a secret solution for a speedy slim down.
Check out Jessica Simpson’s weight loss journey HERE.
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