Susan, 54, of Des Moines, Iowa, started taking the once-weekly injection Ozempic in early 2021 to help treat her type 2 diabetes and lower her A1C. It helped her lose weight, but it wasn’t a fast pass to good health. She had to learn how to eat differently, swapping out pasta for lean proteins and avoiding sugary iced coffees. She also had to find a way to maintain her new habits.
Ozempic Reviews, a medication that is typically prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes, works by activating the GLP-1 receptors in your body and enhancing their effects. It prevents your liver from making too much sugar by blocking glucagon, which tells the liver to convert glycogen into glucose for the bloodstream. It also slows digestion and reduces appetite.
Real-World Ozempic Reviews: What Users Are Saying About This Diabetes Medication
It isn’t marketed as a weight loss medication, but it leads to an average of 3-7% bodyweight loss over a year when used off-label for weight management and combined with lifestyle changes. It is often more effective than other prescription diet pills, though it may not be as effective at lower doses. Insurance coverage and manufacturer’s savings cards can help lower the cost.
NBC News reached out to several Ozempic users, all of whom agreed that the medication helped them lose weight and lower their blood sugar, but that it wasn’t a magic bullet. We spoke with seven people who have been on the medication for between one and a half and two and a half years, and all of them said that while it can be an important tool in their fight against obesity and diabetes, it is not a magic pill that will get them to a healthy weight automatically.