Another harmful weight loss trend has recently come into fruition: Ozempic and Wegovy.

Ozempic is a drug that is commonly used to treat diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication for diabetes in 2017. Four years later, the FDA approved a drug, Weygovy, with a higher dose of the active ingredient in Ozempic, semaglutide, as a treatment for obesity.

Semaglutide is used to lower blood sugar levels and regulate insulin. It tricks our bodies to feel full so the stomach empties slower.

Recently, several celebrities and influencers have been using these drugs in order to lose weight quickly.

There are so many things wrong with this.

There are several dangerous side effects associated with these drugs. Ozempic and Wegovy can cause nausea, fatigue, malaise and even dehydration. In severe cases, these side effects have sent people to the ER. There is no reason for someone who doesn’t actually need to take these medications to put their well being at risk in order to lose weight.

Celebrities encouraging and promoting this type of behavior is gross. Many influential people have been accused of using semaglutide. Elon Musk praises the drug, saying it helped him get “fit, ripped and healthy.” Khloe Kardashian vehemently denies using any sort of diabetic medication to get in shape.

Abusing this medication is a luxury that many celebrities can afford, but these drugs are not cheap. Without insurance, Wegovy is over $1,300 while Ozempic can cost around $892 for a monthly supply.

With the recent demand for the drugs, The FDA has listed Weygovy and Ozemoic as medications in short supply. People with diabetes and obesity are struggling to find these life-saving medications. It's concerning to know how many people are in serious need for these medications and are unable to access them.

Regulating your blood sugar and insulin levels is extremely important for people with Type 2 Diabetes. It is crucial for those struggling with obesity to lose weight. Ozempic and Wegovy were specifically designed to help these people.

Other people that are not burdened with these illnesses are taking advantage of these drugs and subsequently hurting those that are struggling and can no longer obtain the medications they so desperately need.

If you are considering taking these medications and are not dealing with diabetes or obesity, I am begging you to reconsider. There are people out there that need this stuff to survive. There are much healthier ways to lose weight. I promise.

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