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Semaglutide

Are you tired of countless hours at the gym, running the streets, restricting what you eat, counting calories, spending thousands on supplements, and constantly being disappointed in the results? Let’s have some moments of honesty. Food is fantastic, relaxing watching Netflix and chilling can make for a great night in, happy hour with friends fills the soul, and interacting with technology can make time move fast. But as our body ages, we can’t keep doing what we loved to do the year before and expect the same result. And we can’t keep doing what works for someone else. At some point, our body needs help at the cellular level. This is where LushLife can help with Semaglutide.

What is Semaglutide? Semaglutide is a modified molecule our bodies make, called a GLP-1 analog. It works by increasing insulin production and lowering glucagon secretion as well as targeting areas in the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. A small change in the molecule allows the drug to last weeks in our bodies rather than the natural version our bodies make, which lasts minutes. Originally used for diabetes and sold under the name Ozempic®. In June 2021, Wegovy, brand name Semaglutide, was FDA approved for weight loss.

How does Semaglutide work?
  • Delays how quickly our stomachs digest food. Leading to a feeling of fullness and satisfaction with smaller meal sizes.
  • Slows intestinal motility so you will feel fuller longer after meals.
  • Lowers blood sugars, in part by reducing the production of sugar in the liver.
  • Stimulates insulin secretion by the pancreas.
Benefits of Semaglutide
  • Decreased appetite and cravings
  • Weight loss
  • Improved blood glucose control
Side Effects/Contraindications

The most common side effects include nausea and constipation. * Patients also report acid reflux, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The risk of serious side effects increases in patients with hypoglycemia, kidney problems, and the risk of allergic reactions.

Risk of thyroid c−cell tumors. If you or any family members have been diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 2 or Medullary thyroid cancer you should not take Semaglutide. If you have ever had pancreatitis consult with your medical provider as using Semaglutide can increase the risk of developing pancreatitis.

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone is a hormone that influences the function and development of certain target organs. The primary role of testosterone is to help facilitate growth and repair within the body, as your cells are constantly replacing and repairing themselves.  Testosterone is therefore considered to be an anabolic hormone, its role within the body has far more significance than simply muscle growth. Testosterone has an important role in many aspects of your health, including:

  • Mental well-being & cognitive function
  • Energy
  • Libido
  • Sexual function & fertility
  • Muscular development
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Bone strength
  • Weight control

According to the Mayo Clinic publication in July of 2016 © “TD (testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism) is a well-established, significant medical condition that negatively affects male sexuality, reproduction, general health, and quality of life”.

How do I start therapy?

LushLife provider will do an electronic consult to review your medical history, make sure testosterone therapy is right for you, answer any questions, and order labs. Then Chris will visit your home weekly to administer your medication, answer questions, and monitor your health.

Side Effects/Contraindications

Short-term side effects of testosterone replacement therapy may include:

Acne or oily skin, swelling or tenderness of breasts, swelling of the ankles (fluid retention), a decrease in the stream or frequency of urination, high blood cell counts (which could increase the risk of blood clots), sleep apnea or worsening of sleep apnea (difficulty breathing during sleep), shrinkage of the testicles, hair loss, mood swings, increased aggression and irritability, changes in cholesterol levels, reduction in sperm count (which may adversely impact fertility).

Long-term TRT side effects are known to be more problematic, including the possible risk of:

Cardiovascular problems (stroke and heart attack), increased risk of death from a heart attack, polycythemia (an increased concentration of hemoglobin levels from a rise in red blood cells), worsening of urinary symptoms, hip fracture (from osteoporosis)

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