Semaglutide is in a class of peptides originally developed to treat diabetes. It is a chain of amino acids which is a glucagon-like peptide receptor 1 agonist. This means it raises insulin levels in the blood, which lowers blood sugar. It also lowers glucagon levels which keeps blood sugar low.
Additionally, it slows the emptying time of the stomach, which decreases appetite. In this way, body fat is lowered significantly. Semaglutide is also long-acting, and it is given by injection under the skin once weekly.
Weight loss is exceptional!
At the Salerno Center, I am seeing 15 to 20 percent weight loss over several months. Side effects such as nausea, vomiting diarrhea can be diminished by starting doses low and gradually increasing the dose week to week. Patients who have a history of medullary carcinoma or MEN syndrome are the only ones in which semaglutide cannot be used. Peptides are a short chain of amino acids occurring naturally in the body. Some peptides can be synthesized in the lab.
Their benefits are numerous. Some can be used to produce collagen in the skin to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Some are used to increase muscle mass, and others to reduce inflammation, enhance sexual function, and increase libido. And of course, there are peptides such as semaglutide that are very effective for weight loss.
Peptides occur naturally in oral supplements and food. Meat, soy, and seafood contain peptides. Collagen peptides in powder and pill form have become very popular supplements for increasing skin collagen and elastin and helping joints.
So the science is still evolving regarding peptides, but at the Salerno Center, we are seeing dramatic results. We administer semaglutide weekly and add our weight loss vitamin iv for each patient. Each patient will also undergo an extensive weekly In Body exam, which measures weight and distribution of body fat, as well as muscle and water weight. My Fight Fat with Fat book and diet catalog are used to complement the semaglutide and vitamin iv.
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